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Ron MacLean coming to Vernon to host hometown hockey celebration this winter

Ron MacLean at the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour stop in Kelowna in 2014.
Image Credit: Rogers Hometown Hockey via Facebook
September 07, 2016 - 9:47 AM

VERNON - Vernon is one of the stops on this year’s hometown hockey tour.

Rogers Hometown Hockey host Ron MacLean made the announcement this morning, Sept. 7.

Now in its third season, the tour will bring MacLean and co-host Tara Slone to Vernon for a special live pre-game show to air on Sportsnet prior to the January 22, 2017, game between Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks, according to a media release from the City of Vernon.

Vernon will host the free Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor festival on Jan. 21 and 22, 2017. The all-ages celebration will include live entertainment, NHL alumni visits and a variety of free contests and giveaways.

“The City of Vernon is excited and proud of this opportunity to have Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast live from Vernon, as well as offer a two-day celebration for our community,” Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund said in the release. “As an avid fan of hockey, I look forward to the hometown stories that this broadcast will share.”

Greater Vernon Minor Hockey president Kara Blazek says they are thrilled with the news.

“It will be an excellent opportunity for the kids to meet NHL Alumni and partake in all of the hockey related activities during the festival weekend,” Blazek said.

The estimated economic impact on Vernon for the event is $1 million.

More details on the location and event details will be announced as they become available. 

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