Mayor Randy Hope has announced Rogers Hometown Hockey will be coming to the community of Chatham on December 15-16.

The two-day festival features free family-friendly activities, entertainment, giveaways, and NHL alumni.

It will culminate in an outdoor viewing party of the live Sportsnet broadcast of the Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets game, hosted from Chatham by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on Sunday, December 16th.

“We’re honoured that Rogers Hometown Hockey has chosen Chatham-Kent to host a stop on their tour”, stated Mayor Hope in a media release.

“This event will bring our community together and is an excellent opportunity to showcase Chatham-Kent’s incredible scenery, stories, and people on a national stage.”

Hope added: “The festival itself will offer a chance for participation from boys and girls involved in minor hockey, ringette and sledge hockey from communities including Wheatley, Tilbury, Erieau, Wallaceburg, Dresden, Thamesville, Highgate, Bothwell, Ridgetown, Blenheim, Chatham and all areas in between while residents and visitors will get to enjoy lots of unique and free activities.”

Rogers Hometown Hockey is a season-long touring hockey festival visiting a different Canadian town each weekend for 25 weeks between October 2018 and March 2019.

Rogers Hometown Hockey is broadcast nationally on Sportsnet.

The event provides an opportunity to showcase Chatham-Kent personalities and stories.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.letstalkchatham-kent.ca to share their ideas, hockey and non-hockey related, regarding people, activities, history, and other unique qualities about our community for potential inclusion in the festival or national broadcast coverage.

Details for the festival weekend are still emerging, so keep an eye on the LivingCK Facebook page for more info.