– Visiting 24 new communities across all 10 provinces and one territory, kicking off in Kitchener, ON, October 9-11, 2015 –
– Ron MacLean and the Sportsnet Mobile Studio return along with all new hockey-themed activities and Rogers experiences –
– Sportsnet new home of Rogers Hometown Hockey every Sunday –
TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - Look who's coming to town! Canada's ultimate hockey festival is set for another season-long, cross-country celebration as Rogers today unveiled the 24 communities that will host the 2015-16 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge (see locations, dates and broadcast details below and attached).
This season's celebrations promise to be bigger, highlighting the best of each town and its deep hockey roots. Each stop will feature NHL Alumni, hometown heroes, local entertainment, and all new hockey stories delivered by host Ron MacLean, who once again takes his familiar spot inside the Sportsnet Mobile Studio every Sunday.
"Each weekend is a uniquely Canadian experience that brings us all together," said MacLean. "Our mantra has been simple - take you someplace and tell a story. We've discovered at each stop a story that belongs to us as no other story could. It's of Canadians, with hockey at its core."
Kicking Off In Kitchener
Season two kicks off in grand style as Rogers Hometown Hockey hits the streets of Kitchener, ON during Thanksgiving weekend for a special three-day celebration beginning Friday, Oct. 9 through to Sunday, Oct. 11. On Sunday, Juno award-winning rock band Barenaked Ladies will perform new single "Duct Tape Heart" from their latest album, Silverball, leading into the season's first Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast featuring the Ottawa Senators hosting the Montreal Canadiens at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet.
Each stop on the 2015-16 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will deliver a jam-packed weekend of free outdoor festivities in the heart of each community, celebrating all things hockey. This season will feature the return of fan favourite activations such as the Sportsnet Be a Broadcaster, Scotiabank Community Locker Room and the Dodge Stow 'n Go Challenge, as well as new GamePlus experiences, taking you behind-the-scenes of Rogers Hometown Hockey and bringing you closer to the stars of the game.
Sundays on Sportsnet
MacLean picks up where he left off inside the Sportsnet Mobile Studio each Sunday on Sportsnet, along with familiar face Tara Slone, who returns as sideline reporter throughout the season. The pre-game show, intermission and post-game will continue to feature special guests, NHL Alumni and other Sportsnet personalities, including features on local NHL players and grassroots stories.
This season, Sportsnet will deliver exclusive English-language Canadian coverage of more than 500 national and regional regular season NHL games, as well as the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN), Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Montreal Canadiens. All games are available on Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.
Rogers Communications is a leading diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Rogers Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit rogers.com.
SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.
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