Stratford grabs spotlight

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Hockey eyes will be focused on Stratford in January.

CBC announced last night that Stratford will be the host of the 10th annual Hockey Day in Canada. The broadcast will start at noon on Jan. 30.

Ron MacLean will be at Allman Arena for the 13.5-hour broadcast, along with Don Cherry.

Headlining the wall-to-wall hockey celebration is the traditional big-ticket all-Canadian NHL tripleheader.

"Stratford's history of hockey and their vibrant community will help celebrate what has become a Canadian tradition over the past decade," said Joel Darling, director of production for CBC Sports.

"We could not be prouder," said Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson, co-chair of the Stratford organizing committee, adding Hockey Day "has become such a great Canadian tradition."

Stratford-born Tim Taylor, a former London Knight who won Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, is the other co-chair.

"Playing in the NHL you saw everyday the impact and influence that small towns have on the greatest game in the world," Taylor said. "It's just great that Stratford has been chosen because it is places like this where the game's roots are deepest."


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