Strathcona County announced on Tuesday that it will be the first Alberta stop on the 2018-19 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour.
Dozens of young hockey and ringette players laced up for a morning skate on the Millennium Place leisure ice to help county mayor Rod Frank share the news.
“Hockey is something our entire community can gather around – whether you are player, coach or a die-hard fan,” Frank said. “Hockey is a way of life in Strathcona County. With nearly 40 indoor and outdoor ice surfaces in our community, we have many hockey highlight moments, from first skates all the way up to the NHL .”
The tour comes to Strathcona County from Jan. 5 to 6. To celebrate the event, the county is planning two days of family-friendly live entertainment and hockey-themed activities, along with visits from NHL alumni and local celebrities.
The weekend will wrap up with an outdoor viewing party of Sunday’s Edmonton Oilers versus Anaheim Ducks game. Sportsnet’s Ron McLean and Tara Slone will live broadcast the game from Strathcona County.
Strathcona County is offering free skating at Millennium Place and the Ardrossan Recreation Complex on Tuesday to mark the announcement.
Now in its fifth year, the Hometown Hockey Tour will be visiting 25 communities across the country during 2018-19.