NHL Centennial Fan Arena Stopping in Kenora For Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

As Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada approaches, the festivities planned keep getting better. The National Hockey League (NHL) is bringing the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena to the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada festivities on Saturday February 18, 2017 at the Whitecap Pavilion and Kenora’s Harbourfront.

“Having the NHL’s Centennial Fan Arena be a part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a tremendous addition to Saturday’s event at the Harbourfront,” says Dan Reynard, Local Organizing Committee Chair. “As a lifelong hockey fan, I am extremely excited for Kenora and our neighbouring communities to experience this traveling NHL fan experience. The Museum trailer will provide the opportunity for many to re-live memories of their youth and provide a valuable historical insight for those new to the game”.

An interactive traveling fan experience that will visit all NHL markets across North America in 2017, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is a main pillar of the NHL’s Centennial festivities honouring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments. Created with NHL players and fans at the center of the experience, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena combines great NHL traditions with the latest in technology, and marks the first time any sport has produced a North American-wide, year-long, interactive traveling fan festival that will visit every League market.

“In the first month, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena has visited Toronto, Arizona, Dallas, San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles and St. Louis, and the response has been overwhelming,” said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. “It truly is the ultimate fan experience – whether you want to immerse yourself in the history of the NHL, try your skill at the Virtual Reality Zamboni Experience, play some pickup ball hockey or take a selfie with the Stanley Cup, the Fan Arena offers something for everyone.”

NHL Centennial Fan Arena Stopping in Kenora Media Release February 7, 2017 What fans will experience at the NHL Centennial Fan Arena:

  • MUSEUM TRUCK – The main attraction is a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall. (Photos courtesy of NHL)NHL Centennial Fan Arena 1 NHL Centennial Fan Arena 2
  • ENTERTAINMENT TRUCK – A second 53-foot trailer will host a giant video screen featuring team trivia and highlights, as well as a pop-out stage for special appearances and viewing parties.
  • CLEAR THE ICE ZAMBONI® VR EXPERIENCE – This never-before-seen VR experience allows fans to compete against each other in a race to resurface the ice. Fans will take a seat in a mini-Zamboni® ice resurfacer, feel cool air on their skin and their seat rumble as they are tasked with creating the perfect sheet of ice – in virtual reality. All races will be timed and shared on a leaderboard. (Photo courtesy of NHL)NHL Centennial Fan Arena 3
  • STANLEY CUP® – The oldest and most revered trophy in all professional sports will make a special appearance in every NHL market.

Kenora is extremely fortunate to be included as the first non-NHL team city the NHL Centennial Fan Arena will visit on the tour. For hockey fans and players, this is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit not to miss. More information on the NHL Centennial and the NHL Centennial Fan Arena can be found at NHL.com/100.

NHL Centennial Fan Arena Stopping in Kenora Media Release February 7, 2017 Photo of Wayne Gretzky visiting the Museum Truck courtesy of NHL Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada takes place from February 15-18, 2017 in Kenora. Details about the activities planned can be found on www.kenora.ca/hockeyday. Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will air on Sportsnet and stream live on Sportsnet NOW on Saturday, February 18 beginning at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT.

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk
807-467-2191 kholder@kenora.ca www.kenora.ca

Scotiabank Kroppy Cup A Sell Out!

The Local Organizing Committee for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is pleased to announce the Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament is now full. Twelve teams have registered to compete for the Scotiabank Kroppy Cup, with the final team registration received last Wednesday.

Dean Caron, Pond Hockey Coordinator, says “I am thrilled the tournament has filled up and I can’t wait for the big day.” Preparations of the pond hockey rinks will continue and Dean thanks the volunteers and the City of Kenora staff for the work done so far.

On Saturday February 18, the round robin will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Golf Course Bay. All three divisions will play at various times throughout the day. Everyone is encouraged to come out to watch the Youth Division (PeeWee and Bantam), Open Division (Midget) and the Old-timers. Cheer on our local hockey players as the pond hockey tradition is renewed on Lake of the Woods.

The final games, which will be featured during Rogers Sportsnet national broadcast of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, will start at 2:00 p.m. at the Kenora Harbourfront on Safety Bay.

The official pond hockey tournament schedule can be found on the City’s website, www.kenora.ca/hockeyday.

Media Contact
Dean Caron
Pond Hockey Coordinator
807-548-3098
dean.caron@fpinnovations.ca

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk
807-467-2191 kholder@kenora.ca www.kenora.ca

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Big in Japan: The story of the 1954 Kenora Thistles

Many know the story of how Kenora won the Stanley Cup in 1907, but few know about the time the town became international hockey ambassadors and helped grow the game in Japan.

In 1954, Kenora’s intermediate team, the Thistles, traveled to the land of the rising sun to represent Canada in a 10-game goodwill hockey tour. But the story begins back in the 1952–53 season.

Led by the four Robertson brothers — Ken (“Sugar”), Donald (“Spike”), Sam and Murray — the Thistles had established themselves throughout the campaign as a thorny adversary for opponents in the local intermediate league. Kenora finished atop the league standings at the end of the regular season, then went on to win districts, regionals and finally the national title in six games versus Alberta’s Ponoka Stampeders.

They returned home to a hero’s welcome and were honoured with a celebratory banquet a few days later. But just when it seemed as though the Thistles’ unforgettable season couldn’t be topped, they received a surprise invitation.

Leading up to August 1953, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) had been in talks with the Japanese Skating Association about sending a Canadian delegate to Japan for a hockey tour in 1954. It just so happened that, on the heels of their national championship, the Thistles were nominated for the honour.

Thanks to some local and national fundraising — partly to offset the cost of two months’ worth of lost wages for the members of the team — the team set off for Vancouver by train in late winter, 1954. From there they piled into a ship, the Hikaka-Maru, and charted a course for Japan.

The voyage was rough at times, and some players never quite found their sea legs.

“We were bouncing around the north Pacific like you wouldn’t believe,” says Ken “Sugar” Robertson, who will be turning 90 years old this July.

To keep themselves occupied and active, the Thistles did laps around the decks, jumped rope and played ping pong. Finally, after nearly three weeks at sea, the team arrived at Yokohama on March 21.

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When the Kenora Thistles owned the Stanley Cup

Kenora has a rich hockey history. While the small community in northwestern Ontario is currently home to just over 15,000 people, it lays claim to something that has escaped the grasp of many large-market NHL cities: the Stanley Cup.

Back in 1907, the Kenora Thistles enshrined themselves into hockey lore by defeating the Montreal Wanderers in a challenge series for Lord Stanley’s chalice. At the time of the victory, the lumber-and-mining town had a population just north of 5,000, making it the smallest community ever to win the trophy.

The roots of hockey in Kenora can be traced back to the late nineteenth century when it was still known as Rat Portage. The town’s first team, the Thistles, started playing in 1894 and competed in the Manitoba Hockey Association. Within a few years, the Thistles had garnered a loyal following. So much so that the team brokered an arrangement with the Canadian Pacific Railway so that fans could travel for games of note in Winnipeg at a discounted rate.

By 1903, the Thistles had arrived in the senior division of the Manitoba and Northwestern Hockey Association (MNHA), and made an impact in their inaugural season there by winning the league championship. While regional bragging rights were nothing to scoff at back in the day, the title also gave them the opportunity to issue a challenge for the Stanley Cup.

Back then — in a period from 1893 to 1914 known as the Challenge Era — the Stanley Cup was contested among the champions of Canada’s amateur hockey leagues. Making it more interesting was that prior to 1912, teams could throw down the gauntlet at any point in the season, sometimes more than once. For example, in 1908 alone, the Montreal Wanderers successfully defend the Cup five times.

After briefly basking in their league championship in 1903, the Thistles boarded a train eastward to take on the then-Stanley Cup champion Ottawa Hockey Club, the top team from the Canadian Amateur Hockey League. Unfortunately, the weather in mid-March proved to be problematic. At the time, rinks still used natural ice and with Rat Portage taking on Ottawa so late in the season, the playing surface was a mess.

But poor ice conditions aside, reports from the Globe suggested that the Thistles were simply outmatched. According to the newspaper, the Thistles “are a big enough team and they skate fast, but they are poor stick-handlers and have absolutely no idea of combination and relied almost entirely on individual play.”

Unsurprisingly, Ottawa ended up keeping the Cup and Rat Portage returned to the Lake of the Woods empty-handed.

The Thistles would get a shot at redemption a couple years later — and once again against Ottawa. Despite starching them 9–3 in the opening game of the series, Rat Portage faltered in the next two games, which meant that the train heading back to northwestern Ontario would not be carrying any special extra cargo.

By the 1905–06 season, the Thistles had a new look to reflect the change from Rat Portage to Kenora. While the name on the sweater may have changed, the team still continued its winning ways. The Thistles racked up another league championship, but because the season ended so late they had to put their Stanley Cup challenge on hold until the following year.

The opportunity finally came in January 1907, when the Thistles found themselves once again heading eastbound, this time to take on the Montreal Wanderers for the coveted trophy. To bolster their chances, the Thistles added two future Hall of Famers to their roster, Joe Hall and Art Ross. While the former never suited up for the series, the latter was an important contributor and driver of offence.

While Kenora had not always encountered the best playing conditions on their previous eastward trips, the weather in Montreal was well suited to the Thistles’ game. On the morning of the first contest, it was 25 degrees below zero, creating the perfect sheet of ice. Kenora’s speed overwhelmed their opponents and they doubled the Wanderers up 4–2.

Now holding the advantage in the series, the Thistles went into the second contest on Jan. 21 with the opportunity to seal the deal. This time they did not disappoint.

Heading into the second half of that game — yes, at this time hockey was not yet played in periods — Kenora was up 5-2. But Montreal fought back to even the score at six-all. With four minutes remaining, however, one of the Wanderers’ best players, “Hod” Stuart, went off for tripping and Kenora made good on the advantage. They scored two more goals to add to the lead, eventually vanquishing their opponents and finally winning the Stanley Cup.

While the players undoubtedly celebrated their victory in earnest, Kenora didn’t get the chance to toast the Thistles’ achievement until nearly a month later when a public reception was held at the Hilliard Opera House. By all accounts it was a grand gathering, with many attending to pay their respects to not only the team, but to the Stanley Cup, which took centre stage at the event.

But the revelry was fleeting. The next month, the Wanderers challenged the Thistles to a rematch. The only problem was that Kenora had not finished its season in the Manitoba Hockey League and still had to take on the Brandon Wheat Cities for the championship. As a result, Stanley Cup trustee William Foran insisted that the Thistles complete their season before defending the trophy against the Wanderers.

Kenora dispatched Brandon in the playoffs on March 18 at Winnipeg Auditorium, then met the Wanderers there five days later so the Stanley Cup challenge could resume. Kenora’s own performed admirably and split the series against Montreal, but fell short on aggregate, handing the Cup back to Montreal.

The Thistles disbanded before the end of the year, but the impact they had on Kenora was enormous. With the exception of Eddie Giroux, Art Ross and Joe Hall, the team consisted entirely of local players, and the significance of a homegrown squad taking home national honours should not be understated. It invigorated a love of the sport that still continues to this day, and you can see it in the form of minor-league hockey and outdoor games on the Lake of the Woods.

While the Thistles’ Stanley Cup victory is now but a footnote in the hockey-history record books, the spirit of that achievement still lives on in Kenora.

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2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Event Schedule and Details Announced

Kenora, ON – A media event was held this afternoon to announce the details for Kenora’s 2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. The national live broadcast of the 17th annual edition of the hockey celebration will take place on Saturday February 18, 2017 from the Whitecap Pavilion on Kenora’s harbourfront.

 

“The City of Kenora is proud to be hosting Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada”, says Dan Reynard, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee. “In partnership with Scotiabank and Rogers Sportsnet, this historic four day event will allow our community to celebrate together and share our proud hockey history and the natural beauty that is Kenora with all of Canada. Through the efforts of the Local Organizing Committee and the overwhelming support received throughout the community from our volunteers and corporate sponsorships, the schedule of events has something for everyone to participate in regardless of age. This will truly be a community event that we will all take pride in.”

“Kenora’s history with the game of hockey including winning the Stanley Cup in 1907, provides a perfect setting to be the host for this year’s Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada”, says Joel Darling, Executive Producer of NHL Special Events for Sportsnet. “As the league celebrates their 100 year anniversary, we will explore the history and tradition of the game in Kenora and across the country.”

“Scotiabank is proud to partner with Sportsnet and the City of Kenora for the biggest celebration of Canadian hockey,” says Chris Sellner Scotiabank Branch Manager, Kenora. “Community hockey is an important part of who we are as Scotiabankers – we are fans, coaches and players. Scotiabank is committed to helping young people reach their full potential both off and on the ice. That’s why we are proud to support over 8,000 kids’ community hockey teams across Canada, including teams in the Lake Of The Woods Minor Hockey Association. We look forward to celebrating with everyone here in Kenora and across the country on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.”

Leading up to Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, a full schedule of hockey activities has been planned for everyone to take part in celebrating our hockey history and our nation’s most loved pastime. Thursday will be jam packed with school visits, hockey clinics and hockey games. Friday opens with a breakfast event with the Stanley Cup, more school visits, hockey clinics and wrapping up with a gala dinner banquet. The very first Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament will take place on Saturday, with more hockey clinics and hockey games at different venues around Kenora.

On Saturday morning Canada’s hockey host, Ron MacLean, brings Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada to the country live from Kenora’s Whitecap Pavilion. The broadcast will feature local hockey stories throughout the day. Kenora’s harbourfront will be animated with activities, skaters, hockey games and fun for hockey fans of all ages.

The celebration will conclude with the SIJHL game at the Kenora Recreation Centre and will include a live broadcast of Coaches Corner with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean from our arena. Further Sportsnet will be broadcasting live NHL hockey games featuring all seven Canadian teams to keep the event going.

Throughout the hockey celebration, there will be fun free hockey festivities at the Whitecap Pavilion, viewing of the Stanley Cup at various community events, skating on Safety Bay with Ron MacLean, and cool hockey merchandise for sale. Fans will see NHL stars and sports commentators, including Lanny MacDonald, Darcy Tucker, Cassie Campbell-Pascal, Mark Napier, and Kenora’s Mike Richards, at many of the events planned.

The schedule of events will also include three ticketed events: Kenora Thistles and NHL Alumni Hockey Game, Music of Hockey Day hosted by Ron MacLean, and Breakfast with the Stanley Cup. Tickets can be purchased at the Kenora Recreation Centre. Everyone is encouraged to show off any event tickets purchased by posting a photo on the City of Kenora’s Instagram board for a chance to win an awesome hockey day swag prize! Use both #TheCityofKenora and #HockeyDay to show the rest of the country how excited we are about hosting Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.

Pond hockey teams can begin signing up for the Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament on December 8 at 6 a.m. at the Kenora Recreation Centre. Fees must be paid and team registration form completed to be officially entered.

A sponsorship package with various contribution levels has been developed for Kenora’s 2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada event. The package offers exclusive access to events, tickets to hockey games, name and logo displays, and much more.

A selection of souvenirs and merchandise will be available for purchase. Stay tuned for sale locations. Everyone is encouraged to purchase this unique merchandise and also attend events dressed as hockey fans do, in their favourite hockey jersey.

For more information about the 2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada schedule of events, volunteer opportunities, pond hockey, and sponsorship packages, please visit www.kenora.ca/hockeyday.

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a nationally televised event, produced by Sportsnet. Each year a host city is selected from a number of applicants, with the 2017 event to be hosted in Kenora, Ontario.

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada’s 17th annual celebration continues an important Canadian tradition. Previous host locations include: Kamloops, BC (2016), Halifax, NS (2015); Lloydminster, AB/SK (2014); Peterborough, ON (2013); Prince Edward Island (2012); Whitehorse, Yukon (2011); Stratford, ON (2010); Campbellton, N.B. (2009); Winkler, MB (2008); Nelson, B.C. (2007); Stephenville, N.L., (2006); Shaunavon, SK (2004); Iqualuit, Nunavut (2003); Windsor, N.S. (2002); Red Deer, AB (2001); and Toronto, ON (2000).

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHL AlumniTM, CWHL, Vancouver Canucks®, Winnipeg Jets®, Toronto Maple Leafs®, Ottawa Senators®, Edmonton Oilers® and the Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bank also has a partnership with the Montreal Canadiens®. Scotiabank’s Community Hockey Sponsorship Program supports over 5,000 minor hockey teams in communities across Canada. To find out more about Scotiabank’s hockey programs, please visitwww.scotiabank.com/the5thseason.

About Kenora

The City of Kenora is located in the northwestern corner of the Province of Ontario in Canada, just 40 kilometers east of the Province of Manitoba border. Our beautiful City is built on the shores the Lake of the Woods and is home to over 15,000 people. During the summer months, our population doubles with cottagers and tourists. Kenora’s hockey passion comes from a rich in hockey history of winning the Stanley Cup in 1907 and carrying on hockey traditions with local hockey leagues completing at various levels today. Visitwww.kenora.ca to learn more about our City.

Media Contact

Dan Reynard
City of Kenora, LOC Chair
807-407-2004
dreynard@kenora.ca

Heather Kasprick, Communications Lead
807-467-2295 hkasprick@kenora.ca www.kenora.ca

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Pond Hockey Tournament Planned for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

Kenora, ON – The Local Organizing Committee for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is looking for twelve teams of eight players to participate in the Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament next February.

The pond hockey tournament will take place on Saturday February 18, 2017 as part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebration. Six outdoor rinks will be set up on Golf Course Bay, Lake of the Woods, where teams will compete for the Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank. The final games will be held at the Kenora Harbourfront on Safety Bay, Lake of the Woods, and will be featured during the national broadcast of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.

It was decided to name the pond hockey tournament after our local hockey hero, Len “Kroppy” Kropioski and the Committee did have the chance to tell him about this honourable namesake before he passed away.

Dean Caron, Pond Hockey Coordinator, has put his passion for outdoor rinks and hockey into building this tournament. “Kenora has a well-documented history in terms of hockey with several successful professional players (past and present) along with a modern day Stanley Cup, Olympic and World Junior Champion being born and raised in Kenora (Mike Richards). The Kenora Thistles winning the Stanley Cup in 1907 (110 year Anniversary coming up) and the success of past and present hockey super stars that have played in Kenora is something that hockey fans in Kenora speak of with great pride and passion.” Dean explains, “The Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament is a great way for folks to celebrate our hockey heritage and further build community sprit around the game we all love on the lake we all love – Lake of the Woods. This is going to be memorable event and a great opportunity to showcase Kenora and Lake of the Woods in the winter to the country as part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebrations!”

The four-on-four tournament is set up with three divisions – Youth, Open and Old-timers. Teams wishing to participate must send a Team Leader to register in person at the Kenora Recreation Centre on Thursday December 8, 2016 beginning at 6 a.m. when the Recreation Centre opens. Registration will be confirmed only by payment of the entry fee and submission of the Team Registration Form. Details about the tournament schedule, the rules and regulations, and the team registration form are available on www.kenora.ca/hockeyday/.

It is hoped this pond hockey tournament will become an annual winter event as we continue to celebrate our hockey history and create new hockey traditions in Kenora.

Media Contact

Dean Caron
Pond Hockey Coordinator
807-548-3098
dean.caron@fpinnovations.ca

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk
807-467-2191   kholder@kenora.ca   www.kenora.ca

SIJHL Coming to Play in Kenora

SIJHL Coming to Play in Kenora on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

The Local Organizing Committee for Kenora’s Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is excited to announce the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) will be part of the schedule of events during the hockey celebration this coming February.

It is planned that the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebration will close with the SIJHL game between the English River Miners and Fort Frances Lakers at the Kenora Recreation Centre’s Thistle Rink on Saturday February 18, 2017.

“Our committee is very excited to partner with the SIJHL in providing the opportunity for hockey fans in Kenora to once again experience Junior “A” hockey as part of this historic 4 day celebration of events in our community.” Said Dan Reynard, HDIC Co-Chair.

“The SIJHL is extremely honoured to be a part of this tremendous event coming to the city of Kenora as we celebrate our country’s great game during Canada’s 150th celebration. We are very excited to showcase our product to the hockey fans in the Kenora area as we continue our quest to bring a Junior “A” expansion franchise to the community.” Says Bryan Graham, SIJHL Commissioner.

The full event schedule and details on how to purchase tickets to attend this game and other ticketed events planned for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will be announced in the coming months.

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk 807-467-2191 kholder@kenora.ca www.kenora.ca

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Volunteer Registration Now On-line

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Volunteer Registration Now On-line

On June 6, 2016, Sportsnet and Scotiabank announced the City of Kenora as the host community for the 17th annual edition of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. The national live broadcast will take place on Saturday February 18, 2017 from the Whitecap Pavilion on Kenora’s harbourfront.

Kenora’s local organizing committee has been working on the schedule for this six day celebration of our hockey history and traditions. With every major event of this size, the success of the event will be dependent on many volunteers to run the numerous activities planned. A volunteer sign up is now on-line for those who may be interested in being part of this grass roots hockey festival, which will become another important part of Kenora’s hockey history.

“There is no better way to show your pride and love for our community than volunteering”, says Sheelagh Reid, Volunteer Coordinator. “I do believe that it’s the many volunteers behind the scenes that enable us to host events like Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada in a way that welcomes all participants into our community.“

Volunteers are needed in several areas, such as set up/clean up, security, swag assistants, entertainment, drivers, food service, information and directions, parking lot attendants, and pond hockey assistants.

People interested in becoming a volunteer are asked to register on www.kenora.ca.

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk 807-467-2191 kholder@kenora.ca www.kenora.ca

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Brings Celebration of Canada’s Game to Kenora, ON in 2017

– Sportsnet and Scotiabank present the 17th edition of the annual hockey celebration, Feb. 18, 2017 –

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TORONTO (June 6, 2016) Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration is back, with Sportsnet and Scotiabank announcing that Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will land in Kenora, ON for its 17th annual edition on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

With 2017 marking the NHL’s centennial season, Kenora’s edition of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada promises to be an unforgettable festival and broadcast honouring the country’s favourite pastime, with Ron MacLean returning to host Sportsnet’s live 13-hour national broadcast.

“We look forward to Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada coming to Kenora – it’s a great opportunity to showcase our hockey pride and beautiful city,” said David Canfield, Mayor of Kenora. “Our successful grassroots hockey programs continue to be strong for both girls’ and boys’ programs – with athletes from Kenora moving to all levels of hockey including the NHL and Olympic teams. It’s simple – Kenora loves hockey!”

“History, beauty, tradition, and a pure and simple love for the game of hockey makes Kenora the ideal host city for the 2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada,” said Joel Darling, Executive Producer, NHL Special Events, Rogers. “Sportsnet is honoured to bring the Hockey Day celebrations to Canadians through what will be a remarkable broadcast, uniting hockey fans from coast-to-coast in a shared celebration.”

“We are proud to bring Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada – the official holiday of The 5th Season – to the community in Kenora and hockey fans across the country,” said Laurie Stang, Senior Vice President, Prairie Region at Scotiabank. “Community hockey is an important part of who we are as Scotiabankers – we are fans, coaches and players.  We are honoured to support over 5,000 community hockey teams across the country, including 225 teams in Kenora and the surrounding area. We look forward to celebrating with all of them next February.”

Festivities for the 17th Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada kick off Wednesday, Feb. 15, featuring grassroots and family-friendly hockey events for all ages in Kenora, leading up to the main event and Sportsnet’s broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 18. More details around the festivities and events will be announced in the coming months.

Sitting on the picturesque banks of Lake of the Woods in Northwestern Ontario, Kenora is a community steeped in a rich hockey heritage. Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada’s 2017 celebration coincides with the 110th anniversary of the Kenora Thistles winning the Stanley Cup as a part of the Challenge era in amateur hockey – 10 years before the creation of the National Hockey League. The Cup returned to Kenora in 2012 and again in 2014 when hometown player Mike Richards clinched the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings.

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada’s 17th annual celebration continues an important Canadian tradition. Previous host locations include: Kamloops, B.C. (2016); Halifax, NS (2015); Lloydminster, AB/SK (2014); Peterborough, ON (2013); Summerside, PEI (2012); Whitehorse, YT (2011); Stratford, ON (2010); Campbellton, NB (2009); Winkler, MB (2008); Nelson, BC (2007); Stephenville, NL, (2006); Shaunavon, SK (2004); Iqualuit, NU (2003); Windsor, NS. (2002); Red Deer, AB (2001); and Toronto, ON (2000).

About Sportsnet
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About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHL Alumni™, CWHL, Vancouver Canucks®, Winnipeg Jets®, Toronto Maple Leafs®, Ottawa Senators®, Edmonton Oilers® and the Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bank also has a partnership with the Montreal Canadiens®. Scotiabank’s Community Hockey Sponsorship Program supports over 5,000 minor hockey teams in communities across Canada. To find out more about Scotiabank’s hockey programs, please visit www.scotiabank.com/the5thseason.

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