For one special week, the province’s attention turns to the community of Shellbrook as it gets ready to host this year's Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan.
Event organizer Stephanie Gosselin, said there will be activities every day between Monday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 22 including a family skate with the Prince Albert Raiders, midget triple 'AAA’ hockey games from the Prince Albert Bears and Minto hockey teams, and an SJHL tilt between the Battlefords North Stars and the Notre Dame Hounds.
“We will also have a pancake breakfast, a minor hockey skills session with the Battlefords North Stars and a cabaret at the community hall featuring the band Third Degree Birnz,” Gosselin said. “It is a whole week full of activities.”
Cameco is also bringing in a special guest for one of the events. Bryan Trottier, who is from Val Marie, Sask., spent 18 years playing with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins before moving on to several coaching roles within the NHL. Trottier will be the guest speaker for the Sportsman Awards banquet.
Gosselin said Shellbrook celebrated Hockey Day in Saskatchewan last year and managed to raise about $75,000 through the event. This year, organizers hope to raise $100,000 which will be used towards upgrades at the local arena.
“Our local rink is in need of about a million dollars worth of repairs right now. We need a new ice plant for the facility,” Gosselin said.
Weekend passes for the event are $20. Tickets for the banquet and cabaret can be purchased online.
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