Legionnaires Kick off Hometown Hockey with Visit at Area School

December 17, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires will help promote this weekend's Rogers Hometown Hockey festival in the city with a Friday visit to Pauline McGibbon School. Shown here are, from left, Legionnaire scoring ace Brock Perry, Alumni Jeff Perry , school vice-principal Tracy Pereira, principal Helen Lane and teacher Mike Dark, a former Jr. 'B' star who went on to play in the NHL.  submitted photo

The Rogers Hometown Hockey festival will kick off Friday with the Sarnia Legionnaires visiting Pauline McGibbon School.

Greg Burr, who is in charge of the Jr. 'B' hockey club's media relations, says Rogers will be filming the visit and interviewing students.

"We are so proud to be a part of it,” Burr said, adding five players will participate in the school visit, which begins at 2 p.m.

Legionnaires Brock Perry, Sam McCormack, Brad Yowart, Aidan Hughes and Jordan Fogarty will talk to students about such things as teamwork and sportsmanship. A slide show about the history of the team will also be shown and tickets for Saturday's Legionnaire home game against the St. Thomas Stars will be given to the entire student body and staff.

Any minor hockey players from across Lambton County who show up in their team's jersey will be admitted to the game free, as will any children aged 12 and under.

The game will also include the team's annual Woollie Toss, Turkey Toss and canned food drive.

The Legionnaires have also lined up a number of other events to coincide with Hometown Hockey, which will be filmed in Sarnia over the weekend.

Among other things, the club will present a Legionnaires jersey to on-air-personality Ron MacLean. It will also give MacLean a second sweater for his sidekick, legendary hockey commentator Don Cherry.

"Don's sweater will have No. 2 on the back, which is the number he wore (as a professional player),” Burr said. “Ron's will have No. 5 because he has reached Level 5 in Hockey Canada coaching.”

On top of that, the Legionnaires will have a tent set up Saturday and Sunday on the waterfront at Front and George streets (near the Hometown Hockey trailer).

Players will be on hand to sign autographs and the Sutherland Cup, which is emblematic of Ontario Jr. 'B' hockey supremacy, will be on display.





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