Century Tour brings a different game to K-Days
Hockey Canada caravan open daily at Northlands Expo Centre
The synthetic ice surface will be the featured attraction of Hockey Canada’s Century Tour exhibit in the Northlands Expo Centre during K-Days.
Photograph by: Matthew Murnaghan, Hockey Canada
EDMONTON - Hockey fans at K-Days can enjoy the past and present of their favourite game at Hockey Canada’s Century Tour.
The spectacular caravan, which will be available from noon to 8 p.m. daily in the Sports Experience area of Hall C at the Northlands Expo Centre until July 27, includes many interactive elements plus a history of Hockey Canada over the past 100 years.
“It’s an opportunity for Canadians — hockey players and non-hockey players alike — to engage themselves in the history of the game,” said Hockey Canada director of events Dean McIntosh.
A synthetic ice surface on a one-third scale of an NHL rink highlights the exhibit. It will be used for skills instruction, but children and adults alike will also have an opportunity to deke, dangle and score goals on the faux ice during open sessions.
There is an inflatable rink for pickup ball hockey, plus a chance to dress up as a super fan, give your opinion of the game in Speaker’s Corner, sit in locker stalls in the dressing room, or put yourself in a famous international hockey moment on the green screen.
Included with the 1,000 square-foot interactive museum is a feature wall showing a decade by decade history of Hockey Canada, while the video wall includes vignettes of key moments.
The caravan, which will visit approximately 100 communities across Canada and hopes to draw over one million visitors, was assembled to celebrate Hockey Canada’s 100th birthday this year.
To honour the centennial, Hockey Canada released a new set of home and away jerseys that will be used exclusively for the 2014-15 season.
“Whether, it’s sledge hockey, women’s hockey or the world juniors, these will be the jerseys used this season,” said McIntosh.
The Nike-made uniforms are created from the same lightweight materials as the 2014 Canada Olympic jerseys worn by the gold-medal winning men’s and women’s hockey teams. The sweaters have Canada emblazoned across the front in a retro script, with a black shoulder yoke and the 100-year Canada badge.
“The jerseys incorporate some traditional aspects,” said McIntosh. “They look even better in person.”
The centennial sweaters also have an eco-friendly lean to them. Each jersey contains the material from 17 recycled bottles.
Hockey Canada is also acknowledging significant volunteer members of the various hockey communities they visit with their “Heroes of Play” promotion. So far, Andy Baird, a retired member of the RCMP from Ottawa, and Perry Cavanaugh, a retired electrical engineer from Calgary, have been honoured. Edmonton’s hero will be announced during the second weekend of K-Days.
“There are so many people who have contributed to the game of hockey in Canada and have given so much of their time to make the game better in their community,” McIntosh said. “We just wanted to recognize those people.”
Former St. Albert minor league hockey player and current Colorado Avalanche defenceman Nick Holden will be signing autographs from 3-5 p.m. Saturday in the Sports Experience Hall.
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