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Guelph getting set to host Hometown Hockey

Festival of all things hockey hits Market Square on April 1 and 2
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Details are coming together for the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour that will be coming to Guelph on April 1 and 2.

Danna Evans, the city Manager of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment said it's a great opportunity for the city to show itself off to the rest of Canada.

"They will broadcast 30-second clips showcasing Guelph across Canada," Evans said.

Rogers does all the programming and the city assists with the logistics, Evans said.

Events will take place between noon and 6 p.m. on the Saturday and from noon until the end of the NHL game being broadcast between Vancouver and San Jose on Sunday.

Everything takes place in Market Square in front of Guelph City Hall, on Carden Street and in the Wilson Street Parking Lot.

Carden Street and the Wilson Street Parking Lot will be closed for part of Thursday then all day Friday for set up. They will be closed Saturday and Sunday for the event.

The city is looking for 20 volunteers to help with the event.

The names of the musical acts performing and NHL alumni attending will be released the week leading up to the event, Evans said.

Events scheduled so far include:

  • live music on the main stage
  • celebrity guests
  • Rogers Fan Hub where fans can take part in innovative and technology-driven interactive experiences
  • free coffee, hot chocolate and pizza
  • live broadcast of Sunday's game
  • Scotiabank Community Locker Room where fans can meet NHL alumni.
  • Dodge Family Zone, with a hockey-themed obstacle course.
  • McDonald's ball hockey rink for pick-up games and skills competitions.
  • a trick shot contest with the winner advancing to national finals.