Ron MacLean sends message to Brampton for backyard ice rink contest


Published January 18, 2022 at 2:46 pm

Brampton’s backyard ice rink contest got some social media love from one of Canada’s most recognizable hockey and TV personalities.

Host of Coach’s Corner and Hometown Hockey, Ron MacLean had a message for Brampton hockey fans in a video posted to Mayor Patrick Brown’s Twitter account.

The long-time TV host urged hockey lovers to get in on the city’s backyard rink contest running until the end of the month.

“Here’s the (rink) that I started on in Whitehorse, Yukon,” MacLean tells viewers while showing childhood pictures of his old rink in the video. “This is where a love affair with hockey started for me.”

The city of Brampton announced the contest last week along with some big prizes, like the the chance to skate with Mayor Patrick Brown and two former NHL stars.

The contest invites residents to build an ice rink in their backyard, snap a photo, and submit it by January 30th. The rinks will then be judged based on durability, creativity, and safety.

The prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place is a one-hour skate with Mayor Brown and NHL alumni Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark.

MacLean called Gilmour and Clark “two of the greatest to ever lace them up,” and said the Canadian hockey heroes “ended up in their own books because of a wonderful sheet of ice.”

Other prizes include Toronto Maple Leaf game tickets donated by Royal LePage Vendex Realty, a signed Wayne Gretzky Team Canada jersey, and a signed copy of the book “Stories of the Game” by Wayne Gretzky.

Judges for the contest include Brown, Clark, Gilmour, and several Brampton city councillors.

Winners will be announced via the city’s social media pages on Monday, Feb. 3.

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