Rogers Hometown Hockey returns to Abbotsford on Dec. 14 and 15.

Rogers Hometown Hockey back in Abbotsford

Free hockey festival returns to Exhibition Park on Dec. 14 and 15

Hockey is set to be celebrated next weekend in Abbotsford, as Rogers Hometown Hockey returns to Exhibition Park on Dec. 14 and 15.

Hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will be on site for the festivities, which include meet-and-greet opportunities with NHL alumni Darcy Hordichuk and Nathan Lieuwen, live local entertainment, and the live Sportsnet NHL broadcast.

Hordichuk spent two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, and suited up for 542 National Hockey League games with the Canucks, Atlanta Thrashers, Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers. He collected 20 goals, 21 assists and 1,140 penalty minutes during his run.

Lieuwen, an Abbotsford goalie product, played seven games with the Buffalo Sabres. He also starred for the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice and also played in both the American Hockey League and the ECHL.

Other special guests at the festival include: former Canucks great Darcy Rota and Aldergrove’s Sarah and Any Potomak of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. Slone will also be producing a feature on Abbotsford’s Mackenzie Skapski, the former New York Rangers goalie who is now playing professionally in Slovakia.

The two-day hockey festival begins on Dec. 14 at noon and will conclude on Sunday evening following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party. The evening’s broadcast gets underway with a special pre-game show hosted by MacLean and Slone live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio beginning at 4:30 p.m. followed by a showdown between the Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights.

The free event features a number of activities for all to enjoy including:

Rogers Fan Hub: Celebrate more of the game that brings us together with fun and interactive hockey experiences. Fill out your Fan Profile for a chance to win exclusive Rogers Moments, enjoy autograph signings with NHL alumni Darcy Hordichuk, test your stickhandling with the Infinite Dangles challenge, and grab some free popcorn.

Sportsnet Shooting Accuracy Game: Fans race against the clock to snipe as many targets as possible before time runs out. A digital scoreboard tracks the best scores from the day, and from the other Tour stops across the country. Players of all ages can show off their hockey skills and see how they match up to NHL stars and alumni with fantastic prizes to be won.

Steve Goodtime Rockin’ Hockey Show: Come see Steve Goodtime, a world-renowned hockey acrobat. Steve performs his incredible family-friendly rock n’ roll hockey show packed with fire, juggling, stunts, and guitar solos.

Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink: An outdoor hockey space designed to engage hockey fans who can interact with NHL alumni Nathan Lieuwen and celebrate the game. Scotiabank will also be donating $15,000 in support of kids’ community hockey at each tour stop this season.

Hyundai Drives Hockey: Hyundai displays on festival grounds will feature games and challenges for kids and parents alike. Opportunities to test-drive and interact with the entire range of five Hyundai SUVs will demonstrate how Hyundai is made for those who drive hockey. Fans will have the chance to win on-site giveaways, weekend prizes as well as an overall grand prize for the season.

Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria: Fans can enjoy a complimentary slice of Giuseppe Pizzeria pizza fresh out of the oven, and learn more about the Find Giuseppe contest with many great prizes to be won.

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 an NHL playset.

Sobeys Community Barbeque: Sobeys supports the Community Barbeque through a food donation. All funds raised will go towards supporting the Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association and Abbotsford Female Minor Hockey Association.

Live Local Entertainment: Live music featured throughout the weekend beginning with The Whiskeyjays performing on Saturday followed by Kyler Pierce on Sunday.

Through Rogers Hometown Hockey, Rogers and the NHL are also providing grants covering the install of an innovative, multi-use sport net for Abbotsford. This unique system enhances community spaces, transforming a single-purpose basketball net into a multi-sport structure, promoting healthy and active lifestyles while also reducing costs and barriers so families can play sports year-round.

Additionally, Ted Rogers Community Grants are being awarded to local educational programs that enable Canadian youth to succeed inside and outside the classroom. Abbotsford Youth Commission has been awarded $10,000 to identify, promote, improve, increase and provide services and programs for youth in Abbotsford.

This marks the second time that Abbotsford has hosted Rogers Hometown Hockey, with the previous visit occurring in 2016.

RELATED: Hometown Hockey returning to Abbotsford in December

Just Posted

High death rate at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Abbotsford has the worst-performing large hospital in B.C. on key safety measure

VIDEO: Fence saves driver from 50-ft plummet after crash in Abbotsford

Young man walks away uninjured after crash leaves him dangling over steep rock embankment

VIDEO: Look back at the 1977 Abbotsford International Airshow

New images from the 1977 show have recently surfaced online

UPDATED: Mission man dies at CP Rail yard in Coquitlam

Kirk Charles McLean had been working as a locomotive engineer and had 32 years of experience

Identity confirmed of body found in torched vehicle in Abbotsford

Sukhdev Dhaliwal, 48, had rented the Chevy Tahoe before his death last month

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

Up to 25 cm of snow is expected to fall in the region by Thursday

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

B.C. guide fined $2K in first conviction under new federal whale protection laws

Scott Babcock found guilty of approaching a North Pacific humpback whale at less than 100 metres

Feds urge Air Canada to fix booking problems as travel season approaches

The airline introduced the new reservation system more than three weeks ago

Most Read