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Rogers Hometown Hockey

During the regular season, Sportsnet broadcasts a Sunday national game of the week entitled Rogers Hometown Hockey. The games are co-hosted on-location by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone from various Canadian cities as part of a nationwide tour: each tour stop features a weekend festival with community activities culminating with the live telecast on Sunday evening. Continuing Sportsnet's focus on storytelling, the Hometown Hockey games feature segments profiling local players and teams from each city.[1] London, Ontario hosted the first broadcast of the 2014-15 season on October 12, 2014.

The games and tour contribute to an effort by Rogers to improve its public image, particularly under CEO Guy Laurence, by associating itself with the sport of hockey at a local level. MacLean characterized Hometown Hockey as an extension of Hockey Day in Canada and the Kraft Hockeyville competition—highlighting grassroots hockey throughout the country on a weekly basis. He also felt that the Sunday night timeslot was "a good hockey night", believing that it could be "[a] family-forward way of doing the show to get the kids involved. Families can have it on while they get ready for school or work Sunday night. For me, after 27 years, honestly, what’s wrong with doing something different?" The games also seek to emulate the success of NBC's Sunday Night Football—which airs against Hometown Hockey during the National Football League season.[2][1][3]

Most Hometown Hockey games are aired in primetime, although it sometimes moves games to the afternoon to avoid conflicts with major sporting events that would hurt viewership, such as the Grey Cup in late November and the Super Bowl in early February.[4][5] At least one Canadian-based franchise is featured on Hometown Hockey, although it may also air a game between two American-based teams, provided that there are no scheduled games involving Canadian teams on a Sunday.[6] The games were carried by City during its inaugural season, although infrequently moved to Sportsnet in the event of scheduling conflicts.[7][8] Beginning in the 2015-16 season, Hometown Hockey was moved exclusively to Sportsnet; Moore explained that introducing Hometown Hockey on City was intended to incubate the brand, but that airing it on Sportsnet made sense from an economic standpoint due to its status as a pay channel, and enabled City to return to entertainment programming on Sundays.[9][10]

Minority language coverageEdit

In March 2019, it was announced that Sportsnet had partnered with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) to simulcast the Montreal Canadiens/Carolina Panthers game on March 24 with commentary in the indigenous language of Plains Cree. It was the first-ever NHL broadcast in the language: Clarence Iron of Pinehouse, Saskatchewan's CFNK-FM (who is known locally for his radio broadcasts of indigenous teams in the language) served as the play-by-play announcer, while former NHL player John Chabot and Northern Cree member Earl Wood hosted the studio segments. Alongside the broadcast, Hometown Hockey also originated from the Enoch Cree Nation reserve outside of Edmonton.[11][12]


Series overviewEdit

Hometown Hockey Tour StopsEdit

Season Stop Stop location[13][14][15] Date Matchup[16][17][18]
City Province Away team Home team
1 1 London Ontario October 12, 2014 Toronto NY Rangers
1 2 Selkirk Manitoba October 19, 2014 Calgary Winnipeg
1 3 Saskatoon Saskatchewan October 26, 2014 Ottawa Chicago
1 4 Red Deer Alberta November 2, 2014 Calgary Montreal
1 5 Burnaby British Columbia November 9, 2014 Vancouver Anaheim
1 6 Kelowna British Columbia November 16, 2014 Montreal Detroit
1 7 Fort McMurray Alberta November 23, 2014 Montreal NY Rangers
1 8 Brandon Manitoba November 30, 2014 Vancouver Detroit
1 9 Sudbury Ontario December 7, 2014 Vancouver Ottawa
1 10 St. Catharines Ontario December 14, 2014 Calgary Chicago
1 11 Kingston Ontario December 21, 2014 Toronto Chicago
1 12 Peterborough Ontario December 28, 2014 Vancouver Anaheim
1 13 Owen Sound Ontario January 4, 2015 Tampa Bay Ottawa
1 14 Moncton New Brunswick January 11, 2015 Florida Edmonton
1 15 Charlottetown Prince Edward Island January 18, 2015 Arizona Winnipeg
1 16 Dollard-des-Ormeaux Quebec February 1, 2015 Arizona Montreal
1 17 St. John's Newfoundland & Labrador February 8, 2015 Montreal Boston
1 18 Cole Harbour Nova Scotia February 15, 2015 Philadelphia Buffalo
1 19 Boischatel Quebec February 22, 2015 Vancouver NY Islanders
1 20 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario March 1, 2015 Toronto Washington
1 21 Thompson Manitoba March 8, 2015 Calgary Ottawa
1 22 Regina Saskatchewan March 15, 2015 Philadelphia Ottawa
1 23 Prince George British Columbia March 22, 2015 Vancouver Arizona
1 24 Lethbridge Alberta March 29, 2015 Chicago Winnipeg
1 25 Kanata Ontario April 5, 2015 Ottawa Toronto
2 26 Kitchener Ontario October 11, 2015 Montreal Ottawa
2 27 North Bay Ontario October 18, 2015 Edmonton Vancouver
2 28 Gatineau Quebec October 25, 2015 Calgary NY Rangers
2 29 Sherbrooke Quebec November 1, 2015 Winnipeg Montreal
2 30 Fredericton New Brunswick November 8, 2015 Edmonton Chicago
2 31 Sydney Nova Scotia November 15, 2015 Toronto NY Rangers
2 32 Corner Brook Newfoundland & Labrador November 22, 2015 NY Islanders Montreal
2 33 Wolfville Nova Scotia November 29, 2015 Florida Detroit
2 34 Brantford Ontario December 6, 2015 Buffalo Edmonton
2 35 Summerside Prince Edward Island December 13, 2015 Vancouver Chicago
2 36 Sarnia Ontario December 20, 2015 Calgary Detroit
2 37 Oshawa Ontario December 27, 2015 Toronto NY Islanders
2 38 Thunder Bay Ontario January 3, 2016 Ottawa Chicago
2 39 Swift Current Saskatchewan January 10, 2016 Ottawa Washington
2 40 Grande Prairie Alberta January 17, 2016 Montreal Chicago
2 41 Whitehorse Yukon January 24, 2016 Calgary Carolina
2 42 New Westminster British Columbia February 14, 2016 Philadelphia NY Rangers
2 43 Abbotsford British Columbia February 21, 2016 Calgary Anaheim
2 44 Victoria British Columbia February 28, 2016 San Jose Vancouver
2 45 St. Albert Alberta March 6, 2016 Edmonton Winnipeg
2 46 Penticton British Columbia March 13, 2016 Toronto Detroit
2 47 Calgary Alberta March 20, 2016 Calgary Montreal
2 48 Prince Albert Saskatchewan March 27, 2016 Chicago Vancouver
2 49 Winnipeg Manitoba April 3, 2016 Minnesota Winnipeg
3 50 Newmarket Ontario October 16, 2016 Buffalo Edmonton
3 51 Saint John New Brunswick October 23, 2016 Vancouver Anaheim
3 52 Grand Falls-Windsor Newfoundland & Labrador October 30, 2016 Toronto NY Islanders
3 53 Halifax Nova Scotia November 6, 2016 Winnipeg NY Rangers
3 54 Montreal Quebec November 13, 2016 Montreal Chicago
3 55 Windsor Ontario November 20, 2016 Calgary Detroit
3 56 Timmins Ontario November 27, 2016 Arizona Edmonton
3 57 Barrie Ontario December 4, 2016 Winnipeg Chicago
3 58 Stratford Ontario December 11, 2016 Colorado Toronto
3 59 Milton Ontario December 18, 2016 Ottawa NY Islanders
3 60 Petawawa Ontario January 1, 2017 Ottawa Washington
3 61 Moose Jaw Saskatchewan January 8, 2017 Edmonton Ottawa
3 62 Vancouver British Columbia January 15, 2017 New Jersey Vancouver
3 63 Vernon British Columbia January 22, 2017 Vancouver Chicago
3 64 Edmonton Alberta February 5, 2017 Edmonton Montreal
3 65 Cochrane Alberta February 12, 2017 Montreal Boston
3 66 Cranbrook British Columbia February 19, 2017 Toronto Carolina
3 67 Nanaimo British Columbia February 26, 2017 Ottawa Florida
3 68 Medicine Hat Alberta March 5, 2017 Vancouver Anaheim
3 69 Lloydminster Saskatchewan March 12, 2017 Montreal Edmonton
3 70 Ottawa Ontario March 19, 2017 Ottawa Montreal
3 71 Portage La Prairie Manitoba March 26, 2017 Vancouver Winnipeg
3 72 Guelph Ontario April 2, 2017 San Jose Vancouver
3 73 Hamilton Ontario April 9, 2017 Columbus Toronto
4 74 Niagara Falls Ontario October 8, 2017[19] Montreal NY Rangers
4 75 Haliburton Ontario October 15, 2017[19] Boston Vegas
4 76 Charlottetown Prince Edward Island October 22, 2017[20] Vancouver Detroit
4 77 Truro Nova Scotia October 29, 2017[21] Pittsburgh Winnipeg
4 78 Orillia Ontario November 5, 2017[22] Montreal Chicago
4 79 CFB Kingston Ontario November 12, 2017 Edmonton Washington
4 80 St Thomas Ontario November 19, 2017 Ottawa NY Rangers
4 81 Oakville Ontario November 26, 2017[23] Vancouver NY Rangers
4 82 Winnipeg Manitoba December 3, 2017 Ottawa Winnipeg
4 83 Surrey British Columbia December 10, 2017 Edmonton Toronto
4 84 Airdrie Alberta December 17, 2017 Calgary Vancouver
4 85 Spruce Grove Alberta December 31, 2017 Toronto Vegas
4 86 Williams Lake British Columbia January 7, 2018 Vancouver Montreal
4 87 Kamloops British Columbia January 14, 2018 Vancouver Minnesota
4 88 Cowichan Valley British Columbia January 21, 2018 Vancouver Winnipeg
4 89 Lacombe Alberta February 4, 2018 Ottawa NY Rangers
4 90 Canmore Alberta February 11, 2018 Calgary NY Islanders
4 91 Regina Saskatchewan February 18, 2018 Toronto Detroit
4 92 Belleville Ontario February 25, 2018[24] Edmonton Anaheim
4 93 Markham Ontario March 4, 2018 Winnipeg Carolina
4 94 Brampton Ontario March 11, 2018[25] NY Islanders Calgary
4 95 Cornwall Ontario March 18, 2018 Dallas Winnipeg
4 96 Bathurst New Brunswick March 25, 2018 Nashville Winnipeg
4 97 Montreal Quebec April 1, 2018 New Jersey Montreal
5 98 Kitchener Ontario October 7, 2018 Toronto Chicago
5 99 Parry Sound Ontario October 14, 2018 Carolina Winnipeg
5 100 London Ontario October 21, 2018 Calgary NY Rangers
5 101 Burlington Ontario October 28, 2018 Ottawa Vegas
5 102 Nepean Ontario November 4, 2018 Tampa Bay Ottawa
5 103 Glace Bay Nova Scotia November 11, 2018 New Jersey Winnipeg
5 104 Mount Pearl Newfoundland & Labrador November 18, 2018 Vegas Edmonton
5 105 Dieppe New Brunswick November 25, 2018 Calgary Arizona
5 106 Boisbriand Quebec December 2, 2018 San Jose Montreal
5 107 Aurora Ontario December 9, 2018 Calgary Edmonton
5 108 Chatham-Kent Ontario December 16, 2018 Tampa Bay Winnipeg
5 109 Mississauga Ontario December 23, 2018 Detroit Toronto
5 110 Collingwood Ontario December 30, 2018 Vegas Arizona
5 111 Strathcona County Alberta January 6, 2019 Edmonton Anaheim
5 112 Langley British Columbia January 13, 2019 Florida Vancouver
5 113 West Kelowna British Columbia January 20, 2019 Arizona Toronto
5 114 Leduc Alberta February 3, 2019 Edmonton Montreal
5 115 Whistler British Columbia February 10, 2019 Toronto NY Rangers
5 116 CFB Esquimalt British Columbia February 17, 2019 Montreal Florida
5 117 Okotoks Alberta February 24, 2019 Calgary Ottawa
5 118 Winkler Manitoba March 3, 2019 Winnipeg Columbus
5 119 Steinbach Manitoba March 10, 2019 Winnipeg Washington
5 120 Lethbridge Alberta March 17, 2019 Vancouver Dallas
5 121 Enoch Alberta March 24, 2019 Montreal Carolina
5 122 Saskatoon Saskatchewan March 31, 2019 Calgary San Jose

ReferencesEdit

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  17. https://www.nhl.com/news/sportsnet-announces-2016-17-nhl-schedule/c-281401914
  18. http://www.hometownhockey.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/full-tour.jpg
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