Despite the National Hockey League lockout, fans of the sport will have a chance to catch some top-level games thanks to the seventh-annual Central Canada Hockey League Holiday Showcase.
The three-day competition will take place at the Bell Sensplex for the third consecutive year, from Dec. 21 to 23.
“The showcase is fast becoming a tradition and represents a great way in which to kick off the holiday season in this region,” CCHL commissioner Kevin Abrams wrote in a press release.
Each CCHL team, including the Kanata Stallions, will play two games over the course of the weekend. The games count towards the league standings.
The Stallions go up against the Hawkesbury Hawks on Dec. 21 at 7:45 p.m. and will battle the Cornwall Colts on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m.
A third game will take place for the Hawks and Ottawa Jr. Senators due to a previously postponed contest.
‘STARS OF TOMORROW’
The Holiday Showcase is being held in partnership with the Senators Sports and Entertainment organization.
“We very much believe the showcase to be a great opportunity for hockey fans to see the stars of tomorrow,” said Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder. “A number of former Senators players, including Shean Donovan, Todd White and Jason York, and current members of the Binghamton Senators, including Mark Borowiecki and Corey Cowick, are graduates of the CCHL.”
The Holiday Showcase begins on Friday with a game at 5 p.m. and concludes with a contest at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the Bell Sensplex and seating is limited. Fans will receive a $1 rebate with the donation of a non-perishable item for the Ottawa Food Bank.
For more information, visit bellsensplex.ca.