As the NHL season takes a break, the City of Ottawa is catching All-Star Fever! The 2012 All-Star Weekend Celebration kicked off yesterday in Ottawa with a parade of the NHL Trophies escorted by future NHL hopefuls, Timbits hockey players, down the Rideau Canal Skateway. Fans lined the canal, on the ice and on the banks, just to catch a glimpse of Lord Stanley’s Cup. Beyond the obvious highs of the All-Stars coming to Ottawa, the city will benefit from the excitement built up within the community.
All of Ottawa and Gatineau will be involved in the weekend. Events will be held at various sites around the city, including the Rideau Canal Skateway, Théâtre du Casino du Lac-Leamy, Ottawa Convention Centre, and Scotiabank Place. Not only is it an opportunity for the All-Stars to show off their skills but there is the NHL Junior Skills National Competition for the best 7-12 year old hockey players from across the country. Fans can also get a taste of being a pro at Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair at the Ottawa Convention Centre.
The weekend isn’t just about the greatest hockey players in the world coming together, there is also the Energizer Night Skate happening tonight at 7pm on the Rideau Canal Skateway. Participants will light up the night sky over the Rideau Canal while raising money for a good cause. Each participant receives an Energizer LED headlight and an Energizer Night Skate toque. All proceeds from the event go to the Sens Foundation which helps fund charitable organizations that improve quality of life for children and youth across Eastern Ontario.
Thursday, January 26
- 2:30-3:00pm Trophy Procession Down the Rideau Canal
- 3pm-10pm Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair
- 8pm2012 NHL Fantasy Draft
- 10am-10pm Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair
- 7pm Energizer Night Skate
Saturday, January 28
- 9am-noon 2012 NHL Junior Skills National Championship
- 10am-6pm Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair
- 7pm All-Star Skill Competition
Sunday, January 29
- 4pm 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game