SARNIA HOSTS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
Story Courtesy of Dan McCaffery
The Rogers Hometown Hockey festival kicked off Friday (Dec. 18) with the Sarnia Legionnaires visiting Pauline McGibbon School.
Greg Burr, who is in charge of the Jr. ‘B’ hockey club’s media relations, says Rogers will be filming the visit and interviewing students.
“We are so proud to be a part of it,” Burr said, adding that five players participated in the school visit, which began at 2 p.m. Legionnaires Brock Perry, Sam McCormack, Brad Yowart, Aidan Hughes and Jordan Fogarty talked to students about such things as teamwork and sportsmanship.
Mayor Mike Bradley was on hand and a slide show about the history of the team was shown. As well, tickets for Saturday’s Legionnaire home game against the St. Thomas Stars were given out to the entire student body and staff.
Any minor hockey players from across Lambton County who showed up in their team’s jersey were admitted to the game free, as will any children aged 12 and under.
The game included the team’s annual Woollie Toss (which took place near the conclusion), Turkey Toss and canned food drive.
The Legionnaires also lined up a number of other events to coincide with Hometown Hockey, which was filmed in Sarnia over the weekend.
Among other things, the club presented a Legionnaires jersey to on-air-personality Ron MacLean. The club also gave MacLean a second sweater for his sidekick, legendary hockey commentator Don Cherry.
“Don’s sweater will have No. 2 on the back, which is the number he wore (as a professional player),” Burr said. “Ron’s will have No. 5 because he has reached Level 5 in Hockey Canada coaching.”
On top of that, the Legionnaires had a tent set up Saturday and Sunday on the waterfront at Front and George streets (near the Hometown Hockey trailer).
Players were on hand to sign autographs and the Sutherland Cup, which is emblematic of Ontario Jr. ‘B’ hockey supremacy, was on display.
Former Sarnia Jr. ‘B’ heroes, including Dino Ciccarelli and Pat Stapleton, took part in some of the weekend’s events, along with former NHL stars Darryl Sittler, Bryan Trottier, Darren McCarty and Mike Stapleton.
A number of NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup, were part of the festival as well.