Prince Rupert returns to normal after jam-packed Rogers Hometown Hockey and Winterfest Weekend

Brittany Webster
12/09/2019

Prince Rupert is a little quieter today after a busy weekend of Hometown Hockey and Winterfest.

Prince Rupert was the tenth stop this season for Hometown Hockey co-hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, and Slone says the welcome to town was warm and kind - exactly why they continue the show year after year.

"Every time we start to get a little tired, a little bit road weary, we just meet people and people make it worth doing. I think that's the thing, the common denominator across this country is kindness and the way that we are welcomed in communities has even grown since this show started and the stories never end. It's always just the kindness and generosity of Canadians," she said, adding ""everybody has been so kind, so warm, so welcoming... and I was at the Rampage game on Saturday night and that was some pretty crazy energy. It was really exciting and really, it was packed to the rafters. People have been very generous and love to share their stories and themselves and it's really nice."

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Slone's co-host Ron MacLean wasn't able to join her until Sunday, because of his hosting duties on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night -- and he says he often wishes that he got a bit longer to really see the communities he visits.

"When it started, George (Stroumboulopoulos) was hosting Hockey Night and I would have the freedom to actually come out to places like Prince Rupert or Whitehorse and I would fly out on the Friday and just do the Coach's Corner by satellite, which I really enjoyed, then you really immersed -- but luckily, Greg Shannon is a producer at Sportsnet and Greg tipped us off to two of his friends who told the story of how Bob Brind'Amour played in a league that was half senior teams and half junior-B hockey teams and that's how they made it work in the 1970's," MacLean told us.

Hometown Hockey gave back to the community through the Legacy Shootout where kids from Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat minor hockey won five-thousand-dollars for each of their hockey associations.
 

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