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February 23, 2012


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Kitchener becomes Hockeytown

hockeytownKitchener has always been a hockey hub, but this Saturday Kitchener City Hall and Civic Square will become Hockeytown.

The City of Kitchener and Downtown BIA, are bringing Hockeytown to Kitchener, an event featuring a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit about local heroes, today’s National Hockey League (NHL) and Team Canada at the Olympics.

The exhibit also includes the Art Ross Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who leads the league in points at the end of the regular season, and the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Hockey Hall of Fame will also have interactive games set up inside city hall for fans young and old to showcase their skills and enter a draw to win a prize package courtesy of the Downtown BIA.


The Mayor’s Cup and amateur hockey

The inaugural Mayor’s Cup features four teams from Kitchener Minor Hockey’s novice division (eight years old) who will play for the award in the spirit of fun.

Designated by Mayor Carl Zehr, Coun. Yvonne Fernandes will drop the puck for the final game, and also present the award to the winning team.

Kitchener Minor Hockey will be grilling up a charity barbecue throughout the event.


Kitchener Rangers alumni

Members of former Memorial Cup teams and stars of the Kitchener Rangers will be on hand to sign specially designed player cards for the public for free. The cards will feature the Rangers players in uniform.

Special guests include former NHL player and Rangers all time leading scorer, centre Dwight Foster; former Rangers goalies, Mike Torchia and Scott Dickie; centre Peter Tsimikalis; defencemen George Halkidis and Matt Manias, and left winger Mike Amodeo.

“Kitchener has always been a home away from home, with the best billets, best fans in the Ontario Hockey League and of course the Kitchener Rangers organization,” said Amodeo. “Some of the best years of my life were spent in Kitchener, and I made some lifelong friendships.”

Also onsite will be Game Asylum, an interactive gaming activity featuring the game NHL 2012. The Kitchener Rangers puck mascots will be on hand to greet Rangers fans.

Where: Kitchener City Hall and Civic Square

When: February  25, 2012

Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm

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