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Hockey president excited Hockey Day in Canada heading to Corner Brook

['The Pepsi Centre is shown in an undated photo.']
['The Pepsi Centre is shown in an undated photo.']

Jackie Simms loves the idea having Corner Brook in the national spotlight because of the exposure it brings to the community and the people who call it home.

More importantly, the president of the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association
is pretty excited about having budding male and female players in the Corner Brook minor hockey system have a chance to participate in a premier celebration of hockey in Canada.
It was revealed Friday the City of Corner Brook, with the minor hockey association as its supporting partner, will host the 18th annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on Jan. 20, 2018.
“It’s great exposure for the west coast," said Simms. "It will bring the communities together to celebrate hockey."
It’s a festival spread out over four days with everything culminating Jan. 20 with Don Cherry and Ron McLean coming to the city. Of course, the Stanley Cup will be on display for a few days for people to see and get their picture taken with.
There will also be a few former NHLers making the trek to the city and players will get a chance to attend an on-ice clinic and meet some of their heroes from the past.
Simms is excited about working with the City of Corner Brook to make it a community event and give the players an experience they will remember.
“We will help plan and execute the festivities so the kids can be involved too,” she said.
It marks only the second time Hockey Day in Canada was held in this province. The Stephenville Minor Hockey Association hosted the showcase event back in 2006.
Putting out the welcome mat for the big celebration is something Mayor Charles Pender is excited about doing because he knows how passionate people are about the game.
“We are very proud of our storied hockey history and we are honoured to share it with Canada,” Mayor Pender said in a press release.
“We are excited to host this event and believe it will provide a rich experience to residents and hockey fans alike.”

dkearsey@thewesternstar.com
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