Goaltender prepares to make a save at Play On! Halifax


Play On! Canada is delighted to announce that they will once again host the Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! festival at the Halifax Common for 2017.  

Play On! – sponsored by Hockey Night in Canada – has become recognized as a uniquely Canadian outdoor street hockey tournament & community festival attracting hundreds of thousands of Canadians annually from coast to coast.  Now in its 14th season, Play On! Halifax will once again be hosted at Halifax Common – the same place where the national program was founded in 2003.  More than six hundred teams and four thousand players from throughout Nova Scotia - supported by many thousands of additional friends and families - now plan their Father’s Day weekend around this annual event in Halifax, enjoying the hospitality, restaurants, retail, and entertainment available in the Quinpool business district, Spring Garden district, and downtown core between and around their games.

The Play On! 2017 event in Halifax will be held as one part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration June 17-18.  The two-day festival & competition is open to individuals of any age or skill level organized into self-selected teams consisting of as few as four or as many as nine players.  There are separate divisions and categories for individuals/teams of any skill level, including for those who may be new to Canada and who have never played any form of hockey before. An inclusive event that uniquely combines Canadian sport and culture - more than 50% of participants in this event have historically not played ice hockey, including eight members of the Montreal Red Lite – the current men’s national Redwood Cup street hockey champions. Anyone can go to www.playon.ca, create your own team, and sign up to play in one of the fifty separate divisions for boys, girls, men, and women.   The event also includes a Corporate division, with proceeds donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax.  Championship t-shirts, medallions, and other prizes are awarded to all divisions winners.

“We are extremely excited to return to host this event in Halifax at Halifax Common,” said Jake Clarke, Director of Hockey and Operations.  “We love working with the Halifax Regional Municipality and local businesses who made it clear that they wanted to bring the event back to the city for the foreseeable future, and for which we express appreciation.” 

Set-up for the event will begin on the afternoon of Thursday, June 15, and continue through until the end of day June 16.  It is expected that eight “street rinks” will be constructed on the Halifax Oval, thirty-two street rinks will be constructed on Cogswell Street, and twelve rinks will be constructed on Trollope Street.  One feature rink – where championship games will be hosted - will be built in the Commons area.  More than 150 volunteer opportunities and over 125 referee opportunities will be available during this event.  All those who wish to participate are invited to do so by registering at playon.ca

The Play On! program is sponsored nationally by CBC, VIA Rail, Sportsnet, and Booster Juice.  Local sponsorship opportunities are now available for a limited time.  Registration is now open at www.playon.ca and will continue until the event is full (please note that space is limited and that this event has historically sold out prior to the registration deadline).

About Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On!

Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is Canada’s largest sports festival, featuring recreational and competitive street hockey tournament divisions for both genders, all skill levels, and all ages. Since the program's inception in Halifax in 2003, more than two million Canadians have ‘taken back the streets’ from coast to coast through involvement in one of the one hundred and fifty-five (155) Play On! events held to date.  The events have collectively included participation from many prominent Canadians and hundreds of professional hockey players, including current NHL players Connor McDavid, Aaron Ekblad, and Nathan McKinnon.  These large-scale, highly organized street hockey events celebrate the game of hockey in its purest form, in a wholesome, fun-filled atmosphere that makes kids feel like NHL pros and helps adults feel like kids again.  All interested participants can visit www.playon.ca for tournament information, to register a team, and more.

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Roxanne Robinson                                                                               
Halifax Event Director