Rogers Hometown Hockey is coming to Oro-Medonte

Mayor Hughes says it is a great opportunity for the community to come together once again

Sharpen up those skates, Oro-Medonte, you might need them soon.

The Township of Oro-Medonte has been selected as a stop for the 8th season of Rogers Hometown Hockey. It will take place from November 6 to 8.

Rogers Hometown Hockey is a free Township-wide family-friendly festival with interactive hockey-related experiences including NHL alumni meet and greets, live entertainment, and augmented reality activities. There will also be a live on-site broadcast with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on Monday, November 8 at 6 p.m.

Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes tells Barrie 360 it will be great to see many of his neighbours again. “I think it’s absolutely timely because, if you look at things that happened with COVID, the community has not been able to get together or come to events that they normally have,” he said. “We’re hoping that the COVID situation is such that there’ll be a sense of normality, and at the same time, give an opportunity for people to come together on a township-wide basis.”

“I understand we might be the first rural municipality for them to do this with because normally there’s a main street,” he added.

Much of the celebration will take place at Horseshoe Resort as the venue would require considerable space, along with the availability of such things as accommodation, equipment, and hospitality. “It’s a real large get-together that requires a large space, and it requires a hard surface,” continued Hughes. “And when you look at Oro-Medonte, Horseshoe Valley Resort is about the only place that has that and of course the staff need accommodations, so we’re really pleased that Horseshoe Valley is cooperating and partnering with us to make this possible.”