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City of Sunshine showcased on Rogers Hometown Hockey

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Rogers Hometown Hockey was a big hit with local hockey fans.
Ember Kutcher, marketing co-ordinator for the City of Dauphin, said this past weekend marked another historic moment for the city.
“Together, we were able to showcase Dauphin to Canada, and we thank Rogers Hometown Hockey for bringing this amazing event to our community,” she said.
“We are a proud and passionate sports town with a lot of hockey talent, so it was really rewarding to see all of those big smiles on the kids’ faces while they took in the festivities.”
While official attendance numbers are not available at this time, Kutcher estimated several hundred people visited the festival site over the course of the two-day event, which offered plenty of activities for fans.
Those in attendance were able to get autographs signed by NHL alumni Colton Orr and Butch Goring, as well as Olympic silver medalist Bridgette Lacquette.
Attendees also had a chance to receive free toques, tote bags, jerseys, pizza and listen to live music, watch local minor teams play ball hockey, participate in a round dance with First Nations of Treaty 2 Territory, interact with puppies available for adoption through the Parkland Humane Society, test drive a fat bike on a course in CN Park, warm up by the bonfire hosted by Parks Canada and participate in many more fun activities.
Approximately 30 minor sports teams participated in the Parade of Champions immediately prior to the broadcast viewing party, Sunday evening.
Hometown Hockey staff seemed pleased with the city’s response, noting it is a “small city with big heart, and bigger dreams,” with a great crowd on both days of the festival.
They also appreciated the backdrop of CN Station, with one staff member saying it was the most beautiful backdrops they have ever had.
Kutcher noted ScotiaBank Hockey Club donated $7,500 each to the Dauphin Minor Hockey Association and the Grand Plains Minor Hockey Association.
And there were other financial benefits to the community and community groups, as a result of hosting the event. Dauphin Minor Hockey plans to donate funds raised to other community organizations who were a part of the festivities.
Kutcher also noted more than 30 local residents were hired by Rogers Hometown Hockey to serve as Brand Ambassadors and labourers during the festival.
Kutcher and organizing committee co-chair Lindsey Kyle wish to thank all of the volunteers who stepped up to help make the event a success.

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Doug Zywina
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