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Smiles tell the Hometown Hockey story - Mayor

Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Barry Manuel, right, was delighted with the turnout and excitement surrounding the Rogers Hometown Hockey visit to town last week. Manuel is picture with Sportsnet on-air personality Tara Slone.
Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Barry Manuel, right, was delighted with the turnout and excitement surrounding the Rogers Hometown Hockey visit to town last week. Manuel is picture with Sportsnet on-air personality Tara Slone.

The smiling faces – especially those of the children – will be Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Barry Manuel’s fondest memory of the Rogers Hometown Hockey invasion last week.

The popular Sportsnet television broadcast brought its coinciding festival to High Street last Saturday and Sunday.
The mayor said all expectations were met….even surpassed.
“Before the event started I said I was saying that I hoped people understood the magnitude of the event, and that showed in the participation,” Manuel told the Advertiser Monday.
“It was so nice to see such a big crowds,” he continued. “Ron MacLean commented that there was overwhelming support. He couldn’t remember a time when he had to go out in both intermissions to sign autographs.”
Rogers Hometown Hockey makes its way around the country with the festival of activities as well as broadcasting live on Sunday to coincide with a national NHL telecast.
Manuel expects the attention brought to the town over the weekend will pay dividends.  
“Obviously the Rogers people did their homework and they had some beautiful footage,” he said. “It all played out well and this will be a tremendous promotion for the town….we couldn’t be more pleased.”
“This (production) does an amazing job of celebrating our Canadian culture and for us to be part of it is something special.”

The popular Sportsnet television broadcast brought its coinciding festival to High Street last Saturday and Sunday.
The mayor said all expectations were met….even surpassed.
“Before the event started I said I was saying that I hoped people understood the magnitude of the event, and that showed in the participation,” Manuel told the Advertiser Monday.
“It was so nice to see such a big crowds,” he continued. “Ron MacLean commented that there was overwhelming support. He couldn’t remember a time when he had to go out in both intermissions to sign autographs.”
Rogers Hometown Hockey makes its way around the country with the festival of activities as well as broadcasting live on Sunday to coincide with a national NHL telecast.
Manuel expects the attention brought to the town over the weekend will pay dividends.  
“Obviously the Rogers people did their homework and they had some beautiful footage,” he said. “It all played out well and this will be a tremendous promotion for the town….we couldn’t be more pleased.”
“This (production) does an amazing job of celebrating our Canadian culture and for us to be part of it is something special.”

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