January 29, 2013 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Peterborough Petes
Mark your Calendars Peterborough. The Peterborough Petes, Peterborough Hockey Association, Peterborough Girls Hockey Association, City of Peterborough and Parks Canada host Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday February 9th, 2013.
The national broadcast features Ron MacLean and other Hockey Night in Canada personalities and NHL alumni as they connect Canadians to our national pastime through communities stories from across the Country. The daylong broadcast includes triple header NHL action as all seven Canadian teams will be featured including Edmonton at Detroit (2:00pm ET), Winnipeg at Ottawa (2:00pm ET), Toronto at Montreal (7:00pm ET), and Calgary at Vancouver (10:00pm ET).
Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada begins at 12:00 pm with a two part feature entitled "Celebrating the Game" to be broadcast live from the Under the Locks outdoor hockey tournament on the Trent-Severn Waterway at the world famous Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site. The second part of the feature airs at 5:00 pm following the conclusion of the Edmonton at Detroit and Winnipeg at Ottawa games. "Coaches Corner"-presented by Budweiser with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean, Hotstove, and the "Chevrolet I-Desk" with CBC celebrities and commentators will be broadcast live from the Peterborough Memorial Centre and on Saturday night when the Peterborough Petes host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds where Ron McLean will introduce Don Cherry during the opening ceremonies of the Petes annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. This year's event is titled "Pink in the Rink - A tribute to Hockey Moms".
The Under the Locks Hockey Tournament is a uniquely sanctioned outdoor natural ice hockey tournament and draws boys and girls teams from all over Ontario. Children age 7-17 play the game of hockey on five separate rinks temporarily set up on the canal at the foot of the "Lift Locks". This year's tournament features sixty-two teams.
"We're counting down to Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada in Peterborough on February 9, where Scotiabank will join hockey fans from coast-to-coast in this unique and exciting celebration of Canada's game," said Ed Keohane, Scotiabank Senior Vice President, Ontario Region. "We believe it's important to build teamwork and sportsmanship in both hockey and the community and that's why we're excited to help bring a rich hockey experience to hockey fans -- whether they join us in Peterborough or tune into the action from home."
"Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on CBC broadcast gives Peterborough the opportunity to showcase grass roots hockey at its finest" says Dave Smith, Chairperson of the Under the Locks tournament. "More than 1000 boys and girls ranging in age from 7 to 17 playing old time hockey outdoors, simply for the love of our great game. Being part of this event will undoubtedly create memories for these players that will last a lifetime."
"The Peterborough Petes are extremely pleased to be a part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada" says Petes President and Chairperson of the local Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada organizing committee Jim Devlin. "The community of Peterborough will be front and centre to all of Canada during more than ten hours of CBC's broadcasting of NHL games, and the events scheduled in Peterborough that will include the Petes and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds game Saturday evening. It will be a very exciting time for all to enjoy."
"We are delighted to have Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada visit Peterborough" says City of Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett. "Our community has had a long and storied history with the sport and we are proud to share it with all Canadians."
"Having a national and international broadcast event at one of Canada's most treasured historic sites, the Peterborough Lift Lock along the Trent-Severn waterway, is a truly unique opportunity to reach audiences that may not otherwise have the chance to visit and share in its rich history", said Jewel Cunningham, Director of the Ontario Waterways and the Trent-Severn Waterway for Parks Canada.
There will be events taking place in the community of Peterborough surrounding Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada and in conjunction with this primary event that will be announced leading up to February 9th.