Rogers Hometown Hockey lands in Cornwall on March 17-18

March 5, 2018
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – One of Canada’s favourite weekend events is coming to Cornwall.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will be in Cornwall for a celebration of hockey on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th.

“This is going to be incredible, what a great way to end March Break,” says Lorne Taillon, Leisure Arts Co-ordinator with the City of Cornwall. There will be fun and free activities for all ages at the Cornwall Civic Complex all weekend long.”

TV celebrities Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will be in Cornwall to host the weekend and will be joined by NHL alumni Shayne Corson and Chris Neil.

The two-day hockey festival begins on Saturday, March 17 at 12 pm at the Cornwall Civic Complex and will conclude Sunday evening following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party.

Viewers across the nation will learn more about Cornwall via the Hometown broadcast that kicks off Sunday evening with a special pre-game show hosted live on site by MacLean and Slone from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio. The featured game between the Dallas Stars and the Winnipeg Jets follows. Viewers will also want to watch for a special look back at the 1980 and 1981 Cornwall Royals, who won back-to-back Memorial Cups. Such stand-out names as Doug Gilmour, Dale Hawerchuk and Marc Crawford led the team to these consecutive titles.

The Hometown Broadcast starts at 7pm on Sunday on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival Details – Saturday and Sunday

The free hockey-themed weekend will feature games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole family – all based at the Cornwall Civic Complex and Lamoureux Park.

Rogers Fan Hub

Helping fans be fans, the Fan Hub features innovative and interactive experiences, showcasing virtual autographs from NHL stars, a hockey-themed Zamboni video game and autograph signings with NHL alumni, such as Shayne Corson and Chris Neil, to unite fans in their passion for the game. In addition, fans are treated to free hot chocolate on site.


If you are a Rogers customer you can come to the GamePlus desk in the Rogers Fan Hub and redeem exclusive experiences such as meet-and-greets with NHL alumni, autographed merchandise and tours of our Sportsnet Mobile Studio.

Sportsnet Augmented Reality Photo Booth

Fans have the chance to get close to their favorite players through augmented reality technology. Fans can take photos with virtual images of NHL stars, and have the photo emailed directly to their device for social sharing.

The Hockey Circus Show

Come see Paz, our world-renowned hockey acrobat! Paz juggles everything from pucks to flaming hockey sticks all while standing on top of a net. It is an experience that the family will never forget.

Scotiabank Community Locker Room

A family-friendly space to engage hockey fans, celebrate the game, and interact with NHL alumni, such as Chris Neil. Scotiabank will also be donating $15,000 to minor hockey associations in the community.

Dodge Family Zone

Features the famous Stow ’n Go Challenge, a hockey-themed obstacle course. Also, fans have the opportunity to enter a contest to win $5,000 for their local minor hockey association and a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica for their family. All contest entrants will receive a co-branded Dodge and Rogers Hometown Hockey retro toque.

Tim Hortons Ball Hockey Rink presented by Sportsnet

Features pick-up games for the community, including local Timbits Hockey players.

Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria

Fans can enjoy a free slice of Giuseppe Pizzeria pizza fresh out of the oven, and play the Find Giuseppe Match Game to win a rooftop experience and other great prizes.

Playmobil Kids Zone

Fans have the chance to face off against friends and family with the PLAYMOBIL NHL Arena and its lineup of NHL figures. In the zone, fans will also be able to enter to win a new NHL playset.

OK Tire Zamboni Pit Stop

Features a pit-crew-like experience where fans have the opportunity to test their tire-changing skills on a replica Zamboni.

Live Local Entertainment

Live music featured throughout the weekend beginning with Amanda Sadler performing on Saturday followed by Sean Harley and Cold Creek Band on Sunday.

Royals / Colts Alumni Game – Saturday March 17

Alumni from the Cornwall Royals and Cornwall Colts will suit up for a game on Saturday at 11:30 am at the Cornwall Civic Complex to kick off the festivities. Free admission!

NHL Alumni Tour – Friday March 16th

Past NHL greats will take on a team of local law enforcement all-stars on Friday, March 16th at 2 pm at the Civic Complex! Tickets are now on sale at the Civic Complex Box Office.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Contest

All season long, fans can tune in to the Sunday night broadcast on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW for a chance to win weekly prizes through the Rogers Hometown Hockey Contest. Join the conversation by using each week’s unique hashtag to tweet @Rogers to automatically be entered for a chance to win a number of prizes, including a trip to the 2018 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. The contest runs during every Sunday broadcast through to the final Rogers Hometown Hockey of the season on Sunday, April 1 from Montreal.

Planning to join us?

Make a weekend of it and celebrate hockey in Cornwall! Be sure to explore Cornwall’s rich hockey culture with a visit to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame at the Civic Complex. The Hall features dozens of hockey greats, including Cornwall’s own Newsy Lalonde, one of hockey’s original superstars.

You can also stop by our Visitor Information Centre at 100 Water Street East (inside the Civic Complex).
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