Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Brandon

Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Vancouver Canucks and the Detroit Red Wings, NHL Network will televise the “Rogers Hometown Hockey” broadcast at 1:30 p.m. ET on CITY and the NHL Network in the United States. This week’s location is Brandon, Manitoba, to celebrate the city’s iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Former NHL player Brad McCrimmon was a guy’s guy, a man’s man. That’s how Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Todd Bertuzzi describe him. McCrimmon mentored those three and helped guide them through some difficult times during their careers.

* With such a small percentage of hockey players making the NHL, Brandon has produced five starting goaltenders: five-time Stanley Cup Champion Turk Broda, two-time Stanley Cup winner Bill Ranford, 1992 Stanley Cup champion Ken Wregget, Conn Smythe trophy winner Ron Hextall, and 14-year NHL veteran Glen Hanlon.

* The life of a junior hockey player is a tough adjustment for any teenager, let alone one moving from Russia to Brandon. But a local couple has opened its home and eased the transition for NHL prospect Ivan Provorov.

* Seventeen-year-old Kristen Campbell dreams of being Canada’s top goaltender. Born in Brandon, she is trying to make the Canada Under-18 team.

* Stephen Brunt sat down with Jordin Tootoo to discuss his time with the Wheat Kings and how the city of Brandon and Kelly McCrimmon helped after a family tragedy.

Article source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=741552

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