Rogers Hometown Hockey
A very happy new year! The year of the dog is nearly upon us and pretty soon, some of us will experience our Epiphany! But for all of us, 2018 is a ringing in of a new year and often new beginnings. What better way to ring in a year of opportunity than to end our year with a bang! That is what Rogers Hometown Hockey did for our city.
Rogers Hometown Hockey
Rogers Hometown Hockey came to Spruce Grove and other than the weather being ridiculously cold, the event was spectacular!
Administration worked exceptionally hard to bring the event to Spruce Grove. You can imagine how many towns and cities across the country try and land Rogers Hometown Hockey. So to have this show set up in our city for two whole days and broadcast from our city centre throughout the day yesterday was just spectacular and such a coup! I had friends contacting me from all over the country telling me how good Spruce Grove looked on TV. The exposure was more than we could have asked for. I know myself I learned a lot about our city and a lot of the residents here.
C-c-c-c-cold but brave!
Of course, residents had to brave the cold (that doesn’t really do it justice on how cold it really was, does it?) but they were out there and interacting with the various booths, taking part in interactive games and more! A highlight had to be the centre stage and having the Northern Pikes play to the enthusiastic crowd.
The kids in minor hockey were out there playing their games and braved the elements for their parade.
A highlight for me was meeting Mr. Ron MacLean at a special reception before he went on the air for the hockey double header yesterday. Receiving a copy of his book, we all got the opportunity to meet the man himself and have the book signed. He took time to chat with us as we all stood patiently to meet him. I brought my brother-in-law Mark Campbell with me and he was lucky enough to get a copy of the book signed by Ron for his dad, Don (I hear he was thrilled).
We also had a presentation from Rogers to the City and Ms. Tara Slone presented the Mayor and Council with a special Rogers Hometown Hockey framed jersey (we’re thinking it should go up in one of the arenas).
Spruce Grove Looking and Feeling Good
And did you watch the broadcast? Spruce Grove was all over the broadcast and our city came across so beautiful- a true prairie city. Highlights included watching former Edmonton Oilers Captain and Captain Canada himself, Mr. Ryan Smyth and current part owner of the Spruce Grove Saints AJHL hockey club speak so highly of our city. It’s great to have someone like Ryan be such a great representative and contributor to our community.
Ahighlight for me was watching the story of Mr. Nathan Dempsey. Nathan is just a couple of years older than me and I’ve known of Nathan since the boys played midget and triple AAA hockey. Nathan is a former NHL player whose story is so much bigger than hockey but is also so intertwined with the sport as well. If you haven’t seen his story and his fight with Parkinson’s, you should. It is truly inspiring and yet again, another former NHL player doing great things right here in our city.
We might take for granted that Spruce Grove enjoys these types of events, but we shouldn’t. We have a tireless (and often faceless) team of dedicated staff who work extraordinarily hard to bring events just like this to our community. We are so blessed so thank you to Brent Oliver and his entire team and to the many many staff at the City who did such an incredible job on this event.
Spruce Grove proud! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us!