Rogers Hometown Hockey will be coming to the community of Chatham on Dec. 15 and 16.
The two-day festival features free family-friendly activities, entertainment, giveaways, and NHL alumni. It will culminate in an outdoor viewing party of the live Sportsnet broadcast of the Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets game, hosted from Chatham by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on Dec. 16.
“We’re honoured that Rogers Hometown Hockey has chosen Chatham-Kent to host a stop on their tour,” Mayor Randy Hope said in a media release. “This event will bring our community together and is an excellent opportunity to showcase Chatham-Kent’s incredible scenery, stories, and people on a national stage.
“The festival itself will offer a chance for participation from boys and girls involved in minor hockey, ringette and sledge hockey from communities including Wheatley, Tilbury, Erieau, Wallaceburg, Dresden, Thamesville, Highgate, Bothwell, Ridgetown, Blenheim, Chatham and all areas in between, while residents and visitors will get to enjoy lots of unique and free activities.”
Rogers Hometown Hockey is a season-long touring hockey festival visiting a different Canadian town each weekend for 25 weeks between October and March. It is broadcast nationally on Sportsnet.
The local event provides an opportunity to showcase Chatham-Kent personalities and stories. Residents are encouraged to visit www.letstalkchatham-kent.ca to share their ideas, hockey and non-hockey related, regarding people, activities, history, and other unique qualities about our community for potential inclusion in the festival or national broadcast coverage.