Hometown Hockey draws out Welland’s hockey spirit

It was a celebration of hockey this weekend in Welland during the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour.

It was a celebration of ‘all things hockey’ this weekend at the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour which took over downtown Welland.

Wallander’s donned their jerseys of their favourite team or showed the colours of their own team as the participated in all the attractions of the events, from getting autographs of local NHL celebrities to playing some ball hockey to trying out their best slapshot.

“It truly has been an amazing weekend,” said Welland Mayor Frank Campion. “It just has been out of this world.”

“I knew we were going to have a lot of fun,” he said.

“It has been really great working with the Rogers Hometown Hockey people, our staff and Welland Minor Hockey,” he said. “Everyone has just come together to make a fantastic event for the entire community.”

Among the highlights included some autograph sessions with Dan Paille, Dan Girardi and Matt Ellis, local entertainment, the Canada Games mascot unveil and a Parade of Stars.

On Saturday and Sunday night civic square was the scene of Hockey Night in Welland, Saturday night the Maple Leafs versus the Philadelphia Flyers was viewed on the big screen, Sunday, the Leafs against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“This is a great event for Welland, it’s great to see a lot of young people here,” Campion said. “This has truly been a great weekend for Welland.”