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First 4 Communities Revealed for 2017-18 Season of Rogers Hometown Hockey

– Season 4 of touring hockey festival to open in Niagara Falls –
– Haliburton Highlands, Charlottetown and Truro round out October schedule –
– Ron MacLean returns as host alongside co-host Tara Slone every Sunday on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW –

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TORONTO (August 24, 2017) Canada’s ultimate touring hockey festival is back for another season of family-friendly fun, star-studded appearances, and first-class storytelling. Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge has revealed the first four of 24 stops of the 2017-18 season with Niagara Falls, ON set to open the show, followed by Haliburton Highlands, ON, Charlottetown, and Truro, NS. The remaining locations will be revealed in September.

The two-day celebration of hockey takes place every Saturday and Sunday, beginning October 7 and 8 at Niagara Parks’ Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls, and is open to fans of all ages free of charge. Each week features special guests, musical acts and concludes with an outdoor viewing party of the Sportsnet broadcast. Hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will be on-site to tee up each weekend’s match-up.

“Niagara Falls is the perfect choice to start another season-long journey exploring Canada’s hockey heritage,” said MacLean. “With a rich hockey culture in the region, Niagara offers a waterfall of stories for us to tell. This tour is about discovering all the ways that hockey is woven into the fabric of our nation, and these opening communities will set the stage for a phenomenal season of doing just that.”

“I cannot wait to hit the road in October for another year of Rogers Hometown Hockey,” said Slone. “These first four communities represent the start of another coast-to-coast exploration of not only how hockey unites us as Canadians, but also how beautiful every part of our country is. I’m ready to get the show started.”

2017-18 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour – First 4 Stops and Broadcast Information (for October)

*All Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcasts are aired nationally on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW

  • Niagara Falls, ON (Oct. 7-8)

o   Sunday, Oct. 8, Montreal @ N.Y. Rangers, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT

  • Haliburton Highlands, ON (Oct. 14-15)

o   Sunday, Oct. 15, Boston @ Las Vegas, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT

  • Charlottetown (Oct. 21-22)

o   Sunday, Oct. 22, Vancouver @ Detroit, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT

  • Truro, NS (Oct. 28-29)

o   Sunday, Oct. 29, Pittsburgh @ Winnipeg, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT

Full festival details for each of the 24 stops will be announced at a later date.

About the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge

The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour willroll into 24 communities across Canada this season with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages, culminating in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW, with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone hosting live on site from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio. For more information on the tour, please follow Rogers Hometown Hockey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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