Fed­eral funds in­vested in Saskatchew­an Hockey Hall of Fame

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The Saskatchew­an Hockey Hall of Fame lo­cated in Swift Cur­rent is get­ting a boost courtesy of the fed­eral govern­ment.

This past week an in­vest­ment of $75,150 was di­rected to the Hall of Fame through the Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Im­prove­ment Fund (CIIF). Cy­press Hills Grass­lands MP David An­der­son an­nounced the fund­ing dur­ing a re­cent visit to Swift Cur­rent. The fund­ing is de­signed to help the City im­prove the area hous­ing the Saskatchew­an Hockey Hall of Fame. Im­prove­ments in­clude a new en­trance added specif­i­cally for the Hall of Fame, and a video room, in­ter­ac­tive and dis­play ar­eas, dis­play cases, and a wall for in­ductee plaques will be cre­ated in the up­grades.

Swift Cur­rent Mayor Jer­rod Schafer said this in­vest­ment is hugely ap­pre­ci­ated.

"I know as a City we're very for­tu­nate to have the Saskatchew­an Hockey Hall of Fame here in Swift Cur­rent. It could have went in a num­ber of other com­mu­ni­ties. I think it's a huge boost to the us­age of the iPlex it­self," he said. "We're just re­ally pleased that the fed­eral govern­ment saw fit to be a cap­i­tal part­ner and in­vest and help pay for some of those up­grades."

Schafer, who is the cochair of the Hall of Fame's board of di­rec­tors, ad­mits the Saskatchew­an Hockey Hall of Fame is one of Swift Cur­rent's hid­den jewels.

"It is a jewel. It re­ally is a mini ver­sion of the Hall of Fame in Toronto and any­body who goes through there their re­ac­tions are pos­i­tive, the qual­ity of the fa­cil­ity is top notch," he said.

Swift Cur­rent will con­tinue to mar­ket the Hall of Fame as a tourist at­trac­tion, along with en­cour­ag­ing more city res­i­dents to go through it. Over­seen by an in­de­pen­dent board and as a non-profit en­tity, they have plans to keep grow­ing the hall over the years.

"Be­tween the Lyric and the Hockey Hall of Fame, our MP has done some work get­ting some dollars back into Swift Cur­rent, so we ap­pre­ci­ate what MP An­der­son has done in that re­gard for us as well."

The in­duc­tion din­ner for the 2013 class of in­di­vid­u­als se­lected to the Saskatchew­an Hockey Hall of Fame will be hosted in Regina on July 27. Play­ers Gor­don “Red” Beren­son, Bernie Fed­erko, Clark Gil­lies and Ed­die Shore, will be joined by Grass­roots nom­i­nee John Mad­dia, builders Bill Hay and Del Wil­son, of­fi­cial Mick McGeough, and team se­lec­tion the 1913-14 Regina Vic­to­rias Hockey Club as in­ductees in the sec­ond se­lec­tion group.

"We take it pretty im­por­tant that we're a stew­ard of Swift Cur­rent Mayor Jar­rod Schafer and Saskatchew­an Hockey Hall of Fame Man­ager Ge­orge Bowditch re­cently joined Cy­press Hills Grass­land MP David An­der­son when he an­nounced $75,150 in fund­ing for the Hall of Fame through the fed­eral govern­ment's Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Im­prove­ment Fund. it, but it does be­long to the en­tire prov­ince," Schafer said.

The fund­ing is be­ing de­liv­ered through the Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Im­prove­ment Fund which is part of the fed­eral govern­ment's Eco­nomic Ac­tion Plan 2012. The Fund sup­ports projects that im­prove ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture lo­ca­tions such as com­mu­nity cen­tres, recre­ational build­ings, lo­cal are­nas, cul­tural and other com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

“I am proud to see Swift Cur­rent ben­e­fit from our Govern­ment’s sup­port for com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture,” MP An­der­son stated in a press re­lease. “This in­vest­ment will help cre­ate jobs and growth, and will sup­port the pros­per­ity and well-be­ing of the com­mu­nity for years to come.”

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