The fifth annual Hometown Tour brought the Ottawa Senators to Cornwall on Monday.
Canadian Tire hosted Max McCormick and Logan Brown of the Ottawa Senators, alongside retired forward Shaun Van Allen, for an autograph session. Fans were able to obtain wristbands for the signings at Canadian Tire earlier in the day.
The event gave fans the chance to get autographs from players, participate in fun activities, and win tickets to games.
“I think it’s great for the community and great for the Ottawa Senators,” said Helen Summers, general manager for Canadian Tire.
Cornwall is the first of four stops on the current tour. On Tuesday, the event will be in Pembroke, followed by a stop in Brockville, before ending in Barrhaven on Aug. 30.
“This is our chance to go out to our communities, and go out to our fanbase to signify the unofficial kick-off to the start of the hockey season,” said Scott Lawryk. “We usually expect a pretty good turnout in Cornwall, there’s a lot of Sens fans here.”
Special to this year’s event, fans had the opportunity to relive the alumni game, held earlier this year at Parliament Hill, through a virtual reality experience, set up at one of the many booths. Other attractions included interactive games, bouncy inflatables, the chance to take a photo as if you were a new draft pick, and of course, the autograph signing.
Later this year, the Hometown Tour will be extending its run into the NHL season, with currently unannounced dates to take place in a community near Ottawa, and one near Gatineau.
Sens fans had an anxious weekend as rumours surrounding team captain Erik Karlsson’s next career move began to swirl (again) on Friday. Some reports indicated Karlsson had claimed he had no interest in signing with a Canadian NHL team, however, the star defenceman later denied the claims, saying he was interested in signing with a Canadian team.