Stirling-Rawdon will be visited by current NHLers after all.
The National Hockey League Players' Association announced in a release on Tuesday that it will "honour its commitment to hockey fans" in the Ontario town, and will be a part of Stirling Minor Hockey NHLPA Day on Saturday.
NHL players such as Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who grew up playing hockey in Stirling, and Brad Richardson of the L.A. Kings will be on hand helping out with coaching, drills and scrimmages.
"The local rink is where it all began for so many of us and the chance to get back and revisit our hockey roots is special," Cooke said in the release.
The community won the 2012 edition of Kraft Hockeyville, which was celebrated on Sept. 30. Due to the lockout, the celebrations were without the traditional pre-season game between NHL clubs.
"Towns like Stirling-Rawdon are the heart and soul of our game and as players we wanted to honour our commitment by supporting local hockey and fans in this community," Richardson said. "Even though we are currently locked-out, we know that hockey lives on in small communities like this one, and we look forward to what will be a very fun day in Stirling-Rawdon on October 13th."