Hometown Hockey festival, broadcast coming to Belleville

Rogers Hometown Hockey, presented by Hyundai and Desjardins, is on the road again and Belleville will be one of the first stops!

Canada’s ultimate hockey festival is hitting the nation’s highways once again to celebrate passionate communities across the country and the cherished hockey memories, heroes, and legacies that connect us.

Returning in a reimagined format, the free, fan-favourite festival will feature a full weekend of hockey-themed activities, local vendors and live entertainment – all in compliance with local and provincial health regulations. Enhanced festival protocols for entry will include proof of full vaccination, mandatory face masks, social distancing, touchless activations, digital ticketing, contact tracing and health questionnaires. Tour organizers will continue to monitor and update festival protocols; full festival health & safety regulations are available here.

New this season, the Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast hosted by Sportsnet favourites Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will take place every Monday evening, live from a central location in the host community. Local hockey fans will be able to take in the sights, sounds and spectacle of a national broadcast in their own backyard, in accordance with local health guidelines.

The eighth season of Rogers Hometown Hockey gets underway October 16 and 17 – the first weekend of the NHL season – in the Township of North Dumfries, ON. Festivities will be followed by the first pre-game show of the season on Monday, Oct. 18 leading into the New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs broadcast on Sportsnet and via stream on SN NOW. The first phase of the tour schedule will also include the following stops:

  • October 23-25– Lindsay, ON
  • October 30 – November 1– Belleville, ON
  • November 6-8– Township of Oro-Medonte, ON
  • November 13-15– Greater Sudbury, ON

The remaining cross-country tour stops will be announced on a rolling basis due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID pandemic and public health regulations from province to province. The latest tour announcements will be available on the Rogers Hometown Hockey social channels and national broadcast, on hometownhockey.com, plus full broadcast details on sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet social channels.

Rogers Hometown Hockey is pleased to introduce Desjardins as the new co-presenting partner of the festival, along with returning title sponsor, Rogers, and co-presenting partner, Hyundai Canada. Harvey’s, Playmobil and Sobeys will also be joining the festival as event partners.