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Hockey Day in Canada events mark 'real celebration' for Halifax: Olympian


HALIFAX - Hockey fever hits Halifax over the next few days as NHL alumni, TV personalities and the Stanley Cup descend on the city, but for one Olympian it’s really a “celebration of the community.”

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada lands in Halifax for the first time ever Wednesday, with events and clinics until Saturday when Ron MacLean will host various NHL games live from the Emera Oval.

“It’s a real celebration of the community and what it’s done for the game,” former Team Canada captain and three-time Olympic medallist Cassie Campbell-Pascall said Tuesday.

Campbell-Pascall said she has been participating in Hockey Day in Canada events since 2006 and loves the grassroots community aspect that shows “what the game truly is about,” and working with minor hockey players.

“It’s about having fun and … celebrating teammates and how important that aspect is not just in hockey but I think in everyone’s life,” Campbell-Pascall said.

“It seems kind of all warm and fuzzy, and I think sometimes we need to be.”

Getting out on the ice with girl’s teams and Hot Stove event where kids can speak up and talk to NHL alumni are some of her favourites, Campbell-Pascall said.

“They ask the best questions,” she said with a laugh.

Gordon Brost, vice president South West Nova Scotia with Scotiabank, said the events create a bond with hockey teams around the province.

“It’s really an experience that will continue to resonate in their minds for a long time,” he said.

The events touch all aspects of life even for the non-sports fan, Campbell-Pascall said, such as the novelty of a big concert, speeches and national exposure.

“Showcase your spirit for Halifax, get out and enjoy it and be proud of it, kind of pump your chest on national television if you will,” she said.

Hockey Day in Canada line-up of events

Wednesday:

Opening ceremony and shinny game with NHL alumni at the Halifax Forum. 6 -8:30 p.m. Free.

Thursday:

Free skate with the Stanley Cup and NHL alumni at the Halifax Forum, 7 – 9 a.m.

Stanley Cup at Ross Road Elementary and Junior High in Cole Harbour, 10 – 11 a.m. and Ash Lee Jefferson Elementary School in Fall River, 11 a.m. -12 p.m.

On-ice hockey clinic with Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Mark Napier at the Halifax Forum, 2-3 p.m. Clinic with Wendel Clark, Darcy Tucker and Guy Carbonneau at the Halifax Forum’s Civic Centre, 2-3 p.m.

Scotiabank Kids Hot Stove where hockey stars field questions from young players, 4-7 p.m at Scotiabank main branch.

The Scotiabank “Stolen From A Hockey Card Concert” with the Barra MacNeils, Buck 65, Rich Aucoin, and Theo Fleury, 7:30 – 10 p.m. at the Spatz Theatre.

Friday:

The Stanley Cup at Elizabeth Sutherland in Spryfield from 9:15 – 10 a.m., Park West in Clayton Park from 10-11 a.m. The celebrity luncheon, including Don Cherry and NHL alumni, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Cunard Centre.

Hockey clinic at Cole Harbour Place, Scotia 1, with Darcy Tucker, Guy Carbonneau and Wendel Clark. A second clinic will run on Scotia 2 with Mark Napier, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Lanny McDonald. Both from 4-5 p.m. with the Cup.

Saturday:

The Scotiabank Community Hockeyfest has Mark Napier, Darcy Tucker, Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Lanny McDonald teaching hockey tips from 12 – 2:30 p.m. at the Scotiabank Centre.

Ron MacLean broadcasts live from the Emera Oval on multiple NHL games all day. The Scotiabank Community Locker at the Oval has free popcorn, interactive games, BBQ, and giveaways. NHL alumni will be on site, as well as “Be A Sportscaster” interactive trailer, shinny, Valentines jersey skate and clinics. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Check out halifax.ca/hockeyday for more.

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