After a snow sprinkle on Saturday morning, the weather was perfect for a mid winter’s day in Cobourg for the Roger’s Hometown Hockey event. It was held in the Marina parking lot – re-christened the Cobourg West Harbour for the occasion. Unless you were a hockey fan, it was not clear what exactly the event was – just that it would appeal to Hockey fans, it was free and would be a family event. It also had a couple of food vendors (a Pizza Truck and a Sobey’s tent with hot dogs) but I’d guess this would not be enough for many so hopefully downtown restaurants were busy. During most of the time, the area appeared moderately busy with a steady stream of people coming and going all the time.
But on Sunday night, the “Parade of Champions” had what appeared to be thousands but was likely several hundred participants. It seemed that all the local and nearby junior Hockey teams plus many adult supporters were there.
During the two days, there was also live entertainment in the temporary bandshell (photo above right) interspersed with multiple interviews with Hockey celebrities. There were also autograph opportunities and major sponsor Hyundai had several cars on display.
It helped that Canada’s junior team won their gold medal on Sunday – certainly put the crowd in a good mood.
Police presence was strong – mostly Special Constables – and the whole event seemed well organized.
Below is a video of the event. It starts with still shots of Saturday and ends with video of the “Parade of Champions”.
Dominik Wisniewski at Northumberland News reports that according to Ashley Purdey, the Town’s Communications Officer, 2500 people participated in the parade, 6000-8000 attended the event and the economic benefit to the town was $1M.