Tara Slone has been exploring the small hockey-loving Canadian towns as the co-host of Hometown Hockey since 2014. Alongside her co-host, Ron MacLean, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will make one of its four stops in B.C. this weekend with a visit to West Kelowna.
One of the smaller locations for sure, but not lacking the aforementioned hockey-loving.
“When we show up (in the bigger towns) like Vancouver, we don’t make much of a ripple, which is why the smaller locations tend to be my favourite,” said Slone. “It’s a nice way to meet local hockey legends, and minor hockey (communities). It sounds silly, but it’s so nice to have the reminder that people are really wonderful. This show tells stories that make people feel good and unites our love of the sport.”
Slone said it’s also nice to be integrated into the community when she visits and there are plenty of opportunities this weekend for that to happen.
Hockey fans across the Okanagan are set to join the free festivities at the Mt. Boucherie Community Centre this weekend, set to take part in games, autograph signings, and a live broadcast with MacLean and Slone on Sunday for the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Arizona Coyotes.
“We’ve done a show in Kelowna before, but this is an opportunity to explore what makes the West Kelowna side proud,” said Slone. “Ron and I are privileged to be welcomed the way we are.”
The Hometown Hockey Tour is a combination of live and broadcasted events which includes special guests and former NHLers Kirk McLean, Jordin Tootoo and Josh Gorges, as well as musical guests Shawn Lightfoot Band, and Ben Klick.
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