2-day event planned for Thunder Bay’s Prince Arthur’s Landing

Tanner Atkinson, 8, does a few laps during the announcement of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour coming to Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay is getting a chance to show off its hockey roots.

Mayor Keith Hobbs along with representatives from Lakehead University’s Thunderwolves and the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame announced the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will be making a stop to the city in January. The festival will be held at Prince Arthur’s Landing’s skate park.

Hobbs called it a huge opportunity.

“It’s about time,” he said on Tuesday. “We have produced the most NHL hockey players per capita in Canada. We’re a hockey mecca. You hear about Detroit being a hockey town (well) Thunder Bay is a hockey town.”

The hockey tour will feature appearances from NHLers like Thunder Bay’s own Greg Johnson and Allan Cup alumni and special guest Ron MacLean.

The two-day event starts on Saturday, Jan. 2 at noon and concludes on the Sunday following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party. That Sunday, Sportsnet will be coming from the Ottawa Senators versus the Chicago Blackhawks game, and during the pre-game show MacLean will be hosting live at Prince Arthur’s Landing at 6:30 p.m. alongside co-host Tara Slone.

The weekend will also feature a number of activities including fireworks at 6 p.m. on the Saturday. The Allan Cup will also be on display.

“It is so fitting that it is here,” Hobbs said. “We’re going to put Thunder Bay on the map again.”

All minor hockey teams are also encouraged to come down in their team colours at Prince Arthur’s Landing on Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. for Winter Funday. A video will be taken of the cheering hockeyplayers, which will be broadcasted nationally.

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