T-minus 3 weeks and counting until hometown hockey legend, Mark Recchi is coming home! Recchi will join other hockey greats such as: Lanny McDonald, Kirk McLean, Darcy Tucker and others in celebrating a four day, hometown hockey festival coming to Kamloops! Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will kick off February 3rd up at Sun Peaks Resort. Many other exciting community events will headline hockey festivities throughout family day long weekend.
“I can’t wait to come home!” said Recchi. “To me there is no better place to host Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.” As a three-time Stanley Cup champion and winner of many National and World championships, Recchi certainly thrived playing hockey, a game he started to play at the tender age of six. “My friends and I would play hockey all the time- Spring, summer and fall there was always a game happening somewhere in Kamloops.” said Recchi.
Today Recchi is the Player Development Coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins and thrives on helping young players break into the NHL. Recchi owes a lot of his passion and hockey skill development to amazing coaching and support which Kamloops is known for. “In my mind, Hockey Day in Canada signifies and promotes the passion we have for the game of hockey. It brings out the best in everyone… and sometimes the worst when your team loses. (Laughs) It’s a special day to recognize the sport and I think Kamloops is going to be an awesome host.” Said Recchi.
Kamloops is known for exceptional grassroots minor hockey development all the way up to being home of the WHL Kamloops Blazers Hockey organisation. This year the WHL will be celebrating its 50th year with an exciting, Pro Am Alumni game featuring teams made up of NHL and WHL alumni in a fun, family oriented game including such names as: Lanny McDonald, Mark Recchi, Darcy Tucker, Wendel Clark, Kirk McLean and more! Game to be played on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Sandman Centre. Puck drop at 7:30pm
Recchi is excited to be home, to reconnect with friends and family both on and off the ice and be an ambassador for Kamloops hometown hockey. Bring your family and friends down for an exciting and affordable hometown hockey weekend.
Make sure to check out http://www.tourismkamloops.com/hockeyday for ticket information and updates.