CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada is headed to the Alberta/Saskatchewan border town Lloydminster in February 2013. Shaunavon, SK (2004) and Red Deer, AB (2001) have previously hosted Hockey Day, so the two provinces are due to host the broadcast. However, this means the province of Quebec still hasn’t hosted Hockey Day, which is now in its 13th season.
Here is CBC’s press release.
Canada’s annual celebration of hockey, SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA, will head west in February, 2013, to Lloydminster, AB/SK. Ron MacLean will host the live broadcast that culminates a week of community activities and events celebrating the game across Lloydminster.
“Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is one of our favourite events each year and we’re thrilled to be bringing our annual celebration of grassroots hockey to Lloydminster in 2013,” said Julie Bristow, CBC’s Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Programming. “The 2013 season represents Hockey Night in Canada’s 60th year and with an eager group of volunteers ready to get started, Lloydminster will be enthusiastic and welcoming hosts for this extra special event.”
Canada’s only border city, Lloydminster straddles the boundary between Alberta and Saskatchewan and is home to more than 30,000 residents. The community’s passionate hockey fans support teams on a variety of levels. The Jr. B Bandits are a perennial powerhouse in the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League, while the Junior A Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League are community owned by 87 local investors and were featured on the 2012 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada broadcast. The Senior AAA Border Kings won the Allan Cup in 2001 and 2007 and hosted the Championship for the third time since 2000 this past spring at the Centennial Civic Centre.
“One of the best parts of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada every year is the chance we get to highlight local hockey heroes from coaches to homegrown NHLers to volunteers that keep the game growing in communities across the country,” said Trevor Pilling, Head of Programming, CBC Sports and Hockey Night in Canada. “The Lloydminster community has a rich hockey heritage and is a shining example of why the game continues to be such a great source of pride and passion for players and fans of all ages.”
The Lloydminster minor hockey program has produced dozens of NHL alumni as well as current NHL players Scott Hartnell, Andrew Ference, Braden Holtby, Colby Armstrong and Clarke MacArthur.
“Scotiabank is excited to once again partner with CBC, bringing Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada to Canadians across the country and, this year, to the people and communities of Lloydminster,” said Duncan Hannay, Senior Vice President Marketing, Scotiabank. “Our employees are hockey coaches, parents and fans; through them, we continually work to enrich the hockey experience for Canadian spectators and families. We do this through our work on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, through our partnership with the NHL and through our support of over 3,700 community hockey teams across Canada. We are looking forward to celebrating again with Canadians this February 2013!”
SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA’S 13th annual broadcast in February 2013 marks the continuation of an important Canadian hockey tradition. Winner of three Gemini Awards, it was recognized for Best Sports Program (2004) and Best Host in a Sports Program (Ron MacLean in 2004 and 2006). Previous host locations include Prince Edward Island (2012), Whitehorse, YT (2011), Stratford, Ont. (2010), Campbellton, N.B. (2009); Winkler, Man. (2008); Nelson, B.C. (2007); Stephenville, Nfld. (2006); Shaunavon, Sask. (2004); Iqualuit, Nunavut (2003); Windsor, N.S. (2002); Red Deer, Alta. (2001); and Toronto, Ont. (2000).