June 10, 2015 - 11:31 AM
KAMLOOPS - The annual tradition of Hockey Day in Canada is coming to Kamloops in 2016.
The 16th annual hockey event will bring Ron MacLean to the city for the 13-hour national broadcast on Feb. 6, 2016, which will include festivities throughout the day as well as game-day coverage of all seven Canadian National Hockey League teams.
“Kamloops is a perfect setting to unite all Canadians for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. It has an incredibly rich hockey history, which will be brought to life all throughout the broadcast,” Joel Darling, Executive Producer of NHL Special Events for Rogers, said in a release. “This is a day that all hockey fans circle in their calendar and look forward to celebrating with family and friends.”
Festivities will begin in Kamloops on Feb. 3 and will feature ‘grassroots events that highlight the city’s deep love of hockey.’
"We couldn't be more excited about Kamloops being chosen to host this four-day event and can't wait to show our passion for hockey and sport to the rest of Canada. Kamloops is home to not only world class facilities and athletes, but a community of volunteers and residents who make us a premiere host for any event," Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar said in the release.
The only other time Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada has been hosted in B.C. was in Nelson in 2007.
The Kamloops Blazers will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year and the city will be hosting the 2016 Women's World Hockey Championships in 2016 as well.
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