The loud music, people wearing their favourite jerseys, kids battling away on a mini ball hockey rink and hockey players signing autographs.
Everywhere you turned Sunday afternoon and evening at Victoria Park, the signs of Hometown Hockey were always and pleasantly around.
The day started off with a jersey presentation from hosts Ron McLean and Tara Slone to Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer & Regina Mayor Michael Fougere, who thanked everyone for participating.
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) February 19, 2018
Fougere was pretty excited about the whole thing.
“Rogers Hometown Hockey does a great job,” said the Mayor. “They were here in 2015 and did a wonderful job of showcasing hockey locally, nationally and internationally, really just talking about how important hockey is to the culture of Canada.”
That seemed to be a common theme amongst many in attendance, including Regina native and former Pat and NHL star Mike Sillinger.
He said hockey is a unifying sport across Canada, and it’s especially good to see it bring so many people in his home community together and even his own family.
“That’s how we did our skills, we played shinny hockey outside,” he said. “I enjoyed it as a kid and I still do it with my own boys.”