The big day is still a couple of months off but the countdown to Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada in Corner Brook kicked off Wednesday.
In an event at the Corner Brook Civic Centre, officials announced details for the highly anticipated event.
Billed as a celebration of the game of hockey and its connection to this country, Hockey Day is sure to be a highlight for many local puck fans in the western part of the province.
“We are a city with unique spirit and a deep-seated love for the game of hockey. We look forward to sharing the beauty of our city and showcasing our exceptional citizens,” Corner Brook Mayor Jim Parsons said in a press release.
A number of special guests are set to visit the city when things get underway on Jan. 17.
The likes of Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Wendel Clark, Bryan Trottier, Lanny Mac Donald and others are all scheduled to take part.
Current Deer Lake Red Wings head coach, and former professional hockey player, Darren Langdon will also be involved.
Fans will get the opportunity to rub elbows with some of hockey’s greats and even get their picture taken with the Stanley Cup.
NHL Alumni are set to visit C.C. Laughlin Elementary on Jan. 18, Eastside Elementary and Mountainview Estates on Jan. 19. There will also be hockey clinics held at the Civic Centre from Thursday to Saturday.
Other events include a NHL Alumni and Royals hockey game, a gala banquet and various concerts.
It all leads up to the big day on Jan. 20 when Hockey Day will be broadcast live from Corner Brook. That includes the highly popular Coaches’ Corner segment for Hockey Nigh in Canada and a host of events inside and outside the Civic Centre.
Corner Brook will be the second time Hockey Day was hosted on the west coast. Stephenville played host in 2006.