By Leslie Styles // Photography by Rogers Hometown Hockey
The falling rain did not dampen the excitement of Burlington hockey fans as they welcomed Ron Maclean, Tara Slone and former Toronto Maple Leafs to Civic Square on October 27th & 28th for the Rogers Hometown Hockey weekend; a family oriented celebration of our national sport with lots of activities aimed at entertaining youth.
The weekend kicked off with “Pink in the Rink,” a Junior League game at Appleby Ice Centre between the Burlington Cougars and the Brampton Admirals with special guest Hometown Hockey Co-Host Tara Slone for the puck drop. Fans wore pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Brant street was a hub of activity all through the weekend. Minor hockey teams faced off against each other in the ball hockey rink. There were live musical performances by the Red Decade, Big Lonely and Walk Off The Earth. Eager fans patiently waited for autographs from former NHL players Darcy Tucker and Steve Thomas.
Finally, the Ottawa Senators versus the Vegas Golden Knights was shown on a huge screen at City Hall with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone broadcasting live segments before the game and during intermission. No one really noticed the rain soaking their hockey jerseys, as the Burlington audience smiled and waved at the TV cameras.