Hockeyville money used to leverage bigger bucks
Harbour Grace is using its prize money from Kraft Hockeyville 2009 to leverage even bigger bucks from government. The money will be used to make some big improvements around the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium.
Twenty five thousand dollars may sound like a lot of money, but it wouldn’t go very far in a place the size of the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium.
It can however go a lot farther when used as leverage funding to secure more government money.
The town council has already matched the consolation prize with another $25,000 in town funds and has applied to the provincial department of Municipal Affairs, for another $200,000 under the 80/ 20-provincial/ municipal capital works infrastructure program.
After accepting the $25,000 cheque from Jeff Kehoe of Kraft Canada last Monday, May 25, Mayor Don Coombs told The Compass, they plan to use the $250,000 (total funding) to install new rink boards and higher glass around the ice surface.
The stadium has been drawing increasing numbers to hockey games, especially when the CBN Cee Bee Stars are hosting other teams from the Avalon East Senior Hockey League on home ice. There were some incidents at the stadium last year involving fans being hit by flying pucks, and the new glass will be designed to help protect fans from such occurrences.
Coombs noted they also plan to renovate the dressing rooms and bring them up to standard.
Aside from that, the mayor said they are working with Avalon MP Scott Andrews in an effort to secure some federal arena retrofit funds from the federal government.
The town hopes the work will be underway this summer and completed in time for the 200910 hockey season.
Harbour Grace first began its drive last fall to have the town named Hockeyville Canada 2009.
The campaign for the $100,000 grand prize was kicked off during an official launch at the stadium Jan. 3.
By Jan. 31 Harbour Grace had moved into the final stages of the national contest when it became the second Canadian town to be named among five finalists for the Kraft Hockeyville 2009 title.
The town hosted a Top Five Tour visit and broadcast Feb 7.
After months of planning and five weeks of voting, which got underway Feb. 28, the announcement was made on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada March 8 that the Kraft Hockeyville 2009 title had gone to Terrace, British Columbia.
Harbour Grace ended up with 754,936 votes, putting it in fourth place, while the winning B.C. town had garnered over 1.9 million votes.
The winning community for Kraft Hockeyville 2009 will host an NHL pre-season game at their local arena; receive $100,000 in arena upgrade money from Kraft and a one-hour broadcast showcasing their community on CBC Television.
LEVERAGE FUNDING - Jeff Kehoe representing Kraft Canada presents a $25,000 cheque to Harbour Grace Mayor Don Coombs. Hockeyville Harbour Grace steering committee and town council members turned out at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium last Monday, May 25 for the presentation. From left: David Murphy, Joanne Barnes-Taylor, Bud Chafe, Paul Hamilton, Jeff Kehoe, Mayor Coombs; Zoe Anderson, committee chairwoman; Suzanne Chafe, Donna Combden, Tom Short and Lorne Tucker, stadium manager.