Kamloops, British Columbia will be the host of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada this week, which features a 13-hour broadcast Saturday with all seven Canadian NHL teams in action.
Former NHLer and current Nashville Predators television analyst Stu Grimson spent part of his youth in Kamloops, and believes it's a great place to host Canada's biggest day of celebrating hockey.
"We lived in Kamloops for three years and I was there up until the time that I left home, so really as a 13-year-old boy, 14-year-old boy until the age of 17," Grimson said. "Great town, great hockey town, and really it was a platform for me. I played midget travel hockey, and it was an opportunity for me to kind of get my foot in the door in terms of major junior hockey. I got scouted out of Kamloops and went on to play major junior in Regina, Saskatchewan, for three years."
Kamloops will be the center of the hockey world in Canada on Saturday, with the entire country having a chance to see its beauty and close-knit feel.
"It's a great community," Grimson said. "A really beautiful part of the country. It's located in southern British Columbia. The Thompson River flows through, it's a wonderful vacation spot. Just a terrific climate, different than a lot of parts of Canada in this respect that it's fairly close to the coast, so it's a little bit tempered. Just a really pretty town growing up. I have nothing but the fondest memories about Kamloops."