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Oshawa takes steps for Hometown Hockey profile

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Ron MacLean and Rogers Hometown Hockey may be on their way to Oshawa for the show’s second season.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

Oshawa’s hockey history could hit the spotlight in December after a request from Rogers Hometown Hockey stated they wished to profile the city.

The series, hosted by Ron MacLean and just off the heels of its first season, announced on June 2 that it would be back for a second season and has expressed interest in profiling Oshawa among this year’s stops.

The show travels to Canadian communities to profile the rich hockey history that exists all over the country. Segments from the community gatherings are aired during NHL regular season games.

This year, the series kicks of in Kitchener on Oct. 8 and 11 and plans to hit 24 new communities throughout the 2015/2016 NHL season. Tentative plans have the show rolling into town on Dec. 27.

“It sounds like a good opportunity to profile the city,” said Councillor Bob Chapman.

And he’s not wrong – in their first season, the show, which hosts a weekend of festivities in the community stops, had an average of 2.8 million viewers.

Councillor Rick Kerr said the profile would be a chance to show the world that Oshawa is more than its reputation as a GM town.

“I acknowledge the history of Oshawa,” he said. “Oshawa is far more than a blue collar town…when they do this…maybe the rest of the country will go, ‘Wow, there’s a lot more to Oshawa than just blue collar workers.’”

Aside from Kitchener, no other towns have yet to be announced for this year’s tour, but according to the Hometown Hockey website, more are to be announced in the coming months.