Freezing rain wasn’t keeping Mark Debruyn and his sons from attending the NHL Fan Fair on Friday.
“We’re a hockey family,” said Debruyn, from Nepean.
His boys, Caleb, 8, and Lucas, 5, had the day off from school and it was the first All-Star experience for the family.
“We’re going to walk around, buy a couple of souvenirs, and try out all the neat stuff,” he said.
Hundreds took part in various All-Star activities at the Ottawa Convention Centre.
Caleb Debruyn was excited about the possibility of meeting his favourite player, Senator Jason Spezza.
“I have his stick, so I’m a big fan of him,” said Caleb Debruyn.
But there were also Leafs jerseys in the house.
“You don’t change your team,” said Byward Market resident Carolyn MacMillan, proudly wearing her blue jersey.
“When I started watching hockey, there was no Senators team, so I didn’t change when they came in.”
Gary and Carter Blake from Aylmer were representing both teams.
“My son’s a Senators fan, and I’m a Leaf fan. Don’t hold that against me,” joked Gary Blake.
They were squeezing in some fun before Blake had to go to work in the afternoon.
“It’s a once in a lifetime experience for him,” said Blake, as they made their way through various skills zones.
On a different floor, Kanata resident Pam Hooper was strolling with her son and daughter.
“Well, it’s a snow day today, so what else would I do with the kids but to come here all day?,” she said.
She’s got plenty of family fun planned for the weekend, including going to the game on Sunday.
Others aren’t so lucky, but were still having fun.
“I’ve never seen the Stanley Cup before, so that was nice,” said MacMillan.