Saturday, April 19, 2014

‘Hockeyville’ bid to utilize arena

It will be all systems go for Fort Frances’ bid to be named Kraft “Hockeyville” 2014 should we reach the next stage of the competition.
The announcement of the top 16 communities in the contest—eight from the West bracket (where Fort Frances is slotted) and eight from the East—will be made March 8 at 10 p.m. (CST) during “Hockey Night in Canada.”

Those communities each will receive $25,000 to go towards upgrades at their local arena.
The minute the announcement is over, online voting immediately will begin for 48 hours to determine who will advance to the third round of the Kraft “Hockeyville” competition.
The top prize is $100,000 in arena upgrades, as well as the chance to host an NHL pre-season game and have a CBC-TV crew on hand to record the event.
At an organizational meeting Monday night, it was decided the Memorial Sports Centre lobby will be the local headquarters for the two-day online voting blitz.
“To accommodate people with disabilities, people can bring their own laptops, cellphones, and iPads,” said bid organizer Jonathan Glueheisen.
“But there will be about 20 [computers] there for use.
“The arena will be open for the complete 48 hours of the vote,” he noted.
Glueheisen added organizers are relying on people to vote at home or at local businesses that provide free Wi-Fi, such as Boston Pizza, McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, and the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.
“We want as many people we can get . . . to watch [‘Hockey Night in Canada’ on March 8] to see if we [make the top 16],” said Glueheisen.
“The more that watch means the more that will be voting,” he reasoned.

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