Starting on Wednesday, Feb. 3, a four-day-long celebration of our nation’s favourite pastime begins here in the Tournament Capital Centre.
The festivities include a chance to hang out with the Stanley Cup, a WHL alumni game, a night of hockey music and a 13-hour live broadcast from here in Kamloops.
The celebration gets underway on Feb. 3 with the opening face-off up at Sun Peaks.
Thursday at noon is the first chance that the people of Kamloops will get to interact with some members of hockey royalty, as Don Cherry, Trevor Linden and other NHL alumni will be at the Celebrity Luncheon at TCC.
Linden and other NHL alumni like fellow Vancouver Canucks legend Kirk McLean, local hero Mark Recchi and many more will take to the ice for a WHL Pro-Am game Thursday night.
Friday morning will be your chance to get a picture with both the Stanley and Memorial Cups at the Sandman Centre, and then later on that night the long-time host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, Ron MacLean, will host a hockey music concert.
Saturday is when the action on the ice will really start with a live broadcast taking place during which all seven Canadian NHL teams will be in action throughout the day.
The local major-midget team, made up of 15-17 year olds will get their time to shine from noon until 2 p.m. While their game may not be broadcast live across the country, highlights of the game will be shown during Don Cherry and Ron MacLean’s famous Coach’s Corner segment that airs in between periods of the NHL games.
“Combined with our community’s enthusiasm and passion for sport, the festivities and special guests are bound to create a fantastic experience for sports fans, spectators and families alike,” Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar said to the media.