Kevin McGarry finds love in hockey-themed Hallmark Christmas movie

Kevin McGarry finds love in hockey-themed Hallmark Christmas movie

Kevin McGarry fans eager to see his moves on the ice are in for a treat. In the new Hallmark Christmas movie Checkin It Twice, the Canadian actor will show off his skating skills playing a professional hockey player.

The When Calls the Heart star even took to Instagram to give fans a chance to win a jersey he wore in the movie.

“I have a movie coming out in a few days, October 20, it kicks off Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas, and it is a sports movie…,” he said. “And I play a hockey player, Scott Briggs, in it and this is his actual jersey, my actual jersey…. And this could actually be yours if you make a donation of five dollars or more to the MLSE Foundation and in the comments section you write, ‘Jersey,’ you will be entered into a raffle to win my jersey. I’ll write a little note on it just for you and you can take it and, you know, do whatever you want with it.”

The actor also talked a little bit about the MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) Foundation, which provides grants for children to have access to sports.

Hallmark Christmas movie

Checkin It Twice will mark the start of Hallmark’s 2023 Countdown to Christmas lineup.

In the film, Kim Matula stars as Ashley, a New York real estate agent who has come home to Trout Falls, Idaho, to visit her family at Christmas. While at the airport gift shop, she runs into Scott Briggs (McGarry) who is a hockey player for the local Division III team.

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Ashley finds out that Scott will be staying at her family’s guest house and sparks fly between the two when she shows him around the town. But their romance is put on hold when both are offered huge career opportunities.

For Ashley, this would mean an immediate return to New York City. For Scott, this means moving to another town to play for a Division II team.

About the cast

Kevin McGarry plays Nathan Grant on the hit Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. He appeared as Mitch Cutty on Heartland and has had roles on the shows Schitt’s Creek and The Night Agent.

He has starred in the Hallmark movies Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris With Love (2015), Love at First Bark (2017), A Song For Christmas (2017), Autumn Stables (2018), Winter Castle (2019), Winter Love Story (2019), Christmas Scavenger Hunt (2019), A Very Corgi Christmas (2019), The Wedding Veil (2022), The Wedding Veil Legacy (2022), Feeling Butterflies (2022), My Grown-Up Christmas List (2022), and The Wedding Veil Expectations (2023).

Kim Matula is best known for playing Hope Logan on the hit soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. In 2014, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on the series.

Kim Matula made her Hallmark debut in the 2022 movie Ghosts of Christmas Always. In an exclusive interview with TV Cheddar, the actress talked about how excited she was to be working with the network.

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“Hallmark movies are so beloved!” she said. “I’m thrilled to finally be in one. To quote my aunt, an avid Hallmark movie viewer, ‘There’s no nasty language and people are just nice.’ It’s hard to be inundated daily with the tragedies of the world. These films are a reminder that not everything has to be so dark. These movies fill you with cheer and immediately make you feel cozy.”

Checkin It Twice will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Friday, October 20 at 8/7c.

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