Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is heading west to Lloydminster, Alta./Sask., in February 2013 for its 13th annual broadcast.
Ron MacLean will host the live broadcast that culminates a week of community activities and events celebrating the game across Lloydminster – Canada’s only border city that straddles the boundary between Alberta and Saskatchewan, and is home to more than 30,000 residents.
The event will also be available live and on-demand at CBCSports.ca.
"Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is one of our favourite events each year and we’re thrilled to be bringing our annual celebration of grassroots hockey to Lloydminster in 2013," said Julie Bristow, CBC’s executive director of Studio and Unscripted Programming.
"The 2013 season represents Hockey Night in Canada’s 60th year and with an eager group of volunteers ready to get started, Lloydminster will be enthusiastic and welcoming hosts for this extra special event."
The Lloydminster minor hockey program has produced dozens of NHL alumni as well as current NHL players Scott Hartnell, Andrew Ference, Braden Holtby, Colby Armstrong and Clarke MacArthur.
Winner of three Gemini Awards, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada was recognized for Best Sports Program (2004) and Best Host in a Sports Program (Ron MacLean in 2004 and 2006).
"One of the best parts of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada every year is the chance we get to highlight local hockey heroes from coaches to homegrown NHLers to volunteers that keep the game growing in communities across the country," said Trevor Pilling, head of programming, CBC Sports and Hockey Night in Canada.
"The Lloydminster community has a rich hockey heritage and is a shining example of why the game continues to be such a great source of pride and passion for players and fans of all ages."
Previous host locations include:
- Prince Edward Island (2012)
- Whitehorse (2011)
- Stratford, Ont. (2010)
- Campbellton, N.B. (2009)
- Winkler, Man. (2008)
- Nelson, B.C. (2007)
- Stephenville, Nfld. (2006)
- Shaunavon, Sask. (2004)
- Iqaluit (2003)
- Windsor, N.S. (2002)
- Red Deer, Alta. (2001)
- Toronto (2000)