Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will be rolling into Owen Sound in early January, offering a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities and an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game hosted live onsite by Ron MacLean.

Owen Sound is one of 25 communities across Canada chosen to host the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, which kicks off in London, Ontario. next month. The tour will arrive in Owen Sound on Saturday, January 3, with interactive games and activities celebrating all things hockey, plus a chance to meet NHL alumni, local hockey heroes and celebrities. Skills and drills competitions, a winter culinary market and local entertainment are also planned.

On Sunday, January 4, Rogers Hometown Hockey will broadcast a live game between the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning from a Sportsnet mobile studio in Owen Sound. MacLean will host a half-hour pre-game show at the site, featuring grassroots stories and tales of local NHL players that helped put us on the Canadian hockey map.

"Owen Sound has a long history as a proud hockey town," says Mayor Deborah Haswell. "We're thrilled at this opportunity to share our hockey stories with the nation and to host this exciting event in our community."

All activities will take place at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre, home of the Owen Sound Attack. The Attack won the Ontario Hockey League championship in 2011 and has a fan base of over 100,000 people.

Sportsnet is the official television broadcaster for the NHL and five Canadian hockey teams, launching Sunday night national hockey game broadcasts this fall.

Anyone seeking more information is asked to contact Paulette Peirol, Tourism Marketing Co-Ordinator for the city of Owen Sound, at (519) 371-9833, or email [email protected]

Source - Tourism Owen Sound