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Ron MacLean, Coyotes, hockey - and all in Collingwood

Hockey's hometown celebration tour plans stop in Collingwood at the end of the year.

Collingwood will be home base for a Sunday night Sportsnet broadcast by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone this winter.

The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour announced its 2018/19 season and Collingwood is one of 25 communities getting a visit by the celebrity sportscasters.

The Hometown Hockey Tour is in its fifth season of cross-country visits and each event features family-friendly hockey celebrations including two days of live entertainment, NHL alumni, local celebrities and hockey-themed activities. The festival culminates with an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast by MacLean and Slone.

“With our 100th episode on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the incredible moments we’ve shared together on the Rogers Hometown Hockey journey,” said MacLean in the announcement posted on the Hometown Hockey Tour website. “From St. John’s to Victoria to Whitehorse, Tara and I have had the privilege of honouring the tradition of hockey in Canada for the past four seasons – and we can’t wait to unearth all the surprises that this season will have in store.”

Each community along the 2018/19 tour will be featured on the Rogers Hometown Hockey show - a weekly Sunday night broadcast. Live on location in each community, MacLean and Slone will host a pre-game, intermission and post-game show from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio, shining the spotlight on local culture, hockey history and unique stories of each hometown.

“In a hockey culture as rich as Canada, we still have so many stories to share this season,” said Slone. “As we hit the road for a season complete with special milestones and visits to new communities like CFB Esquimalt and Enoch Cree Nation, we look forward to uniting all Canadian communities through the sport they love – hockey.”

The tour stops in Collingwood on Dec. 29 and 30 and will feature a broadcast of the Vegas Golden Knights versus the Arizona Coyotes.

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