An overflow crowd loved every minute of it. They arrived 90 minutes before the puck dropped, and filled the seats, the aisles and even the railings.
For many, like honorary coach Jim Gustafson, it was a trip down Memory Lane.
"I've known all these guys for a long time. It's more fun and nostalgic than anything," he said. "Some of those guys I haven't seen for 20 or 30 years, but it's like I saw them yesterday. It's like that in hockey."
For others, like Reed Chevalier of the Atom Thistles, it was a great introduction to his hockey heritage.
"I'm liking it a lot," he said. "I like watching the old NHL players that my dad's been telling me about. I'm a huge fan of Wendel Clark and Lanny McDonald."
Ken Reid of Sportsnet even took a tour on the ice.
"It's fantastic. I've never played in front of a crowd this huge. It's really cool," he said. "When you sit on the bench and look around, it's really impressive the way Kenora's got behind Hockey Day in Canada."
The weekend continues tomorrow, with the gala at night as the main event. The grand entry for the day itself, Saturday, will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Whitecap Pavilion.
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