The second Richmond Celebrates Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada has been set for the new Family Day holiday next February.
The extravaganza of “all things hockey” at the Olympic oval will this year feature a ticketed hockey game involving Vancouver Canucks alumni from their famous 1994 Stanley Cup playoff run.
Estimated to cost around $168,000 to put on — less than last year’s $209,000 — the Hockey Day in Canada event will also have interactive ball hockey, table hockey, floor hockey and road hockey for the expected 16,000 crowd at the oval.
City council agreed Monday to pay $76,500 ($58,000 from the major events provision and $18,500 from the current operating budget) to host the event, while $22,500 will come from the oval’s budget, which the city contributes heavily to.
The remaining $69,000 needed to put the event on is expected to come from external sources, such as ticket and sponsorship revenues.
Other attractions on the day, which will be broadcast nationally on CBC, will include a road hockey tournament on the oval’s riverfront plaza, a special appearance by Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur and a performance by the Canucks’ house band, Odds.
It’s also planned for city council to host a reception for community sports organizations, community leaders, sponsors, business leaders and government
The same people might also be invited to take part in an exhibition game of ball hockey with retired pro hockey players.
Richmond Celebrates Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will take place February 9, 2013.