The Hockey Sweater will come to life at SaskTel Centre on the afternoon of Sunday, March 15th 2015, with a live performance of the orchestral adaptation of the beloved story by Roch Carrier.
“We are so excited to be taking part, as its just a wonderful celebration of community” said Blades President Steve Hogle at a press conference announcing the event. “We told the Symphony, why not in our rink? SaskTel Centre threw open their arms, and its just going to be great”.
The Hockey Sweater concert will take place on ice for the first time with music provided by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.
“This is a brand new piece of music to the 30 year old book” added Mark Turner of Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. “Kids can come, and after the concert they can skate with the Blades, do all kinds of fun things, it’ll just be a lot of fun”.
The narration will be provided by Mayor Don Atchison, and illustrations from the book featured on a lowered SaskTel scoreboard. Mayor Atchison, a huge hockey fan himself, is honoured to be taking part.
“Its about sport and culture coming together, which is so great. Its also for children, being able to read, some will hear the symphony for the very first time, and some will see hockey for the very first time. What a wonderful event”.
The unique show will be rounded out with festivities courtesy the Saskatoon Blades, including autograph sessions and interactive games, as well as other events featuring music, books, sport and more.
The Hockey Sweater is cosidered an iconic work of Canadian literature and exemplifies the nations passion for hockey. The partners in this event look forward to celebrating both culture and sport.
“Just a great community event to bring everyone to our rink” said Will Lofdahl, CEO of Sasktel Centre. “We’ve never partnered up with the Symphony and the Blades together for an event, so just a great opportunity”.
The Hockey Sweater event will be held at 2pm on Sunday, March 15th, 2015. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, November 29th at all Ticketmaster locations.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for children, or $100 for a family of four.