In a scene ripped from the pages of hockey tradition, 40 children aged 7 to 12 selected from across Canada descended on Ottawa for the weekend of the 2012 Tim Horton's NHL All-Star Game to showcase their on-ice skills at the city's famous Rideau Canal. The event was the finale of the Canadian Tire NHL Junior Skills competition, a program aimed at finding the best young hockey players in Canada while strengthening community and familial bonds.
"It's been an overwhelming response. We've had several emails from parents contacting us about how great it is," said Krystie Krasnaj, an event organizer and NHL Account Executive for Partnership Marketing. "It's free to register as part of the Canadian Tire Hockey School. We have NHL alumni at the events, so kids get to see the NHL stars they otherwise wouldn't see. It's been a great experience for us."