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Royals More Community Minded
The return of the Corner Brook Royals was a day that many hockey fans in the city had hoped for. It meant no more drives up the TCH during the winter and more of an opportunity to take in a game with the entire family. The addition of the Royals Booster Club this season has seen the team turn its focus back on the community and it is something that has been noticed.
Season tickets sales were above what they were in previous seasons. Great corporate citizens such as Parkway Hyundai took it upon themselves to embrace the Royals return and promote the team. In fact, Parkway even went as far as to offer a promotion of a Corner Brook Royals Season Pass with the purchase of a vehicle. This type of support was lacking from the corporate world in many seasons leading up to the team’s departure to Deer Lake.
The City of Corner Brook has jumped on the Royals bandwagon as well. They have declared November 8 as Royals Day and are offering a full day of activities at the City Hall. Support from city council had been previously somewhat lackluster but to see the team being supported by all of council is an amazing turnaround from just a few short seasons ago. Dennis Waterman of the Royals Booster Club has said “We wanted to make the team’s homecoming a true celebration so we’re planning a series of events on Saturday. We’ll also take time to remember an honour our veterans and military members on Sunday.”
The celebration of the Royals return kicks off on Saturday morning with hockey fans being invited to MacDonald’s on Confederation Drive for breakfast. Two Dollars will get you a breakfast sandwich and a coffee with $1 going towards the Corner Brook Minor Hockey program. At noon the Corner Brook Royals flag will be raised at City Hall and at 2:00 pm the Corner Brook Royals Alumni will take to the road to face off against the CBMH PeeWees in a game of road hockey at the Civic Centre. Stop by and take in the game and participate in the first ever Royals Tailgate Party where all proceeds going to the minor hockey program.
At the game, the Corner Brook Regional High School Band will perform ‘O Canada’ and Mayor Charles Pender and council will drop the ceremonial puck at 7:30 pm.
The celebration continues on Sunday with the Corner Brook Royals Remembrance Day. All veterans, regular force and reserve members of the Canadian Armed Forces and all members of the Royal Canadian Legion will receive free admission to the game with appropriate ID.
There is no denying that Corner Brook Royals is becoming much more community minded and making major effort to embrace the fans of the area. It hasn’t gone unnoticed either as one fan tweeted:
— Chris Noseworthy (@ChrisNoseworthy) October 26, 2014
Get your tickets and come out to watch the Corner Brook Royals in their return to Corner Brook as they face off against the Clarenville Caribous.