Wednesday, July 23, 2014

‘Hockeyville’ bid picking up steam

With only three days left for communities to be nominated, Fort Frances is putting together a serious run at the Kraft Hockeyville 2014 title.
After taking a while to gather momentum, the community’s site at krafthockeyville.cbc.ca is up to 112 members and 194 story or video uploads.

That tentatively ranks the town in sixth in the West bracket in terms of members and fifth in terms of uploads.
Salmon Arm, B.C. continues to lead the way with 624 members and 464 uploads, followed by Sylvan Lake, Alta. (411/386), Castlegar, B.C. (241/263), Osoyoos, B.C. (23/250) and Strasbourg, Sask. (157/97).
Kitimat, B.C. (43/60) and Lamont, Alta. (17/16) round out the top eight.
If the standings hold through Saturday’s final day of nominations, Fort Frances could be in line to make it into the next round of the competition as one of the top eight communities from the West.
That would mean a guaranteed $25,000 in arena upgrades at the Memorial Sports Centre.
An in-house panel will choose the top 16 communities—eight from the West and eight from the East—with those communities being announced during CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” on March 8.
A total of $1 million will be shared by those
communities, depending on how much further each of them gets in the contest.
The overall winner will receive $100,000 in arena upgrades, have the chance to host an NHL pre-season game, and have a CBC-TV crew come to their community to capture the moment.
Those interested in supporting the Fort Frances bid can visit the website, then click on the “Find Your Community” link.
Once there, enter “Memorial Sports Centre” in the “Community name” box, then click on the “join” link that appears on the right-hand side of the page.
In related news, NCDS became the first local organization to put up a “Hockeyville” window display as part of a contest sponsored by Boston Pizza, which also is supporting a contest for residents to decorate their homes in hockey style.
The business contest ends this Friday while the individual contest concludes Sunday.
Up for grabs as top prize in each contest is $100 in “Go Local” gift cards.

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