square feet of interactive digital dis- plays, original video content, histor- ical memorabilia and unique photo moments,” says Tomico. “It’s kind of like a mini Hall of Fame.” Visitors will also have a chance to sit on a mini-Zamboni ice resurfacer and participate in the Clear the Ice Zamboni VR Experience . “You feel the cool air on your skin, the seat rumbles and you compete to create the perfect sheet of ice in vir- tual reality,” says Tomico. Of course, no tribute to the NHL would be complete without a chance to see the oldest and most revered trophy in professional sports, the Stanley Cup. In addition to activities in the Fan Arena, the weekend is also expected to include some unique community fundraising events. “On Thursday night, Ron MacLean will be here for a gala din- ner and auction to help raise funds for a new outdoor skating rink in

Tillsonburg,” says Tomico. “And our sister club, the Kinettes, are working on a ‘Breakfast with Stanley’ op- portunity on Saturday morning that will also help the cause.” Throughout the weekend, visitors will also be invited to support the “Hockey for Everyone” program in Tillsonburg. “There will be special collec- tion areas set up where people can donate their used gear and equip- ment,” says Tomico. A ball hockey tournament, skills clinic and family movie night are also expected to be part of the week- end’s fun. “We’re still working out all the de- tails, but I can tell you this much: it’s (Top) Wayne Gretzky checks out memo- rabilia in the Fan Arena museum truck. (Bottom) The Rink gives youth hockey players a chance to shine with pro- grammed games and clinics.

going to be big,” says Tomico, with a smile. “It’s going to be an absolute must for any hockey fan.”

(Below) Ron MacLean, one of our coun- try’s most beloved sportscasters, will visit Tillsonburg on Thursday, August 10.

NHL Centennial Fan Arena Hours

Thursday, August 10 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday, August 11 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 12 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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