Another shot at Hock­eyville

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

Five years af­ter com­ing up short in the Kraft Hock­eyville com­pe­ti­tion, Alexandria is tak­ing another shot at the ti­tle, and its grand prizes of $100,000 in arena up­grades and play­ing host to a Na­tional Hockey League pre-sea­son game.

The town and its arena were nom­i­nated for the latest edi­tion of the con­test by Alexandria Jr. B Glens equip­ment man­ager and trainer Der­ick Viau.

Mr. Viau pleads his case for Alexandria and the Billy Geb­bie Arena at the Glen­garry Sports Palace on the town’s online nom­i­na­tion page (goo.gl/k7D0KY).

“In Alexandria, we love our hockey!” he writes un­der the head­ing, “Our spirit and pas­sion for hockey.”

He adds, “Our com­mu­nity gets to­gether to fill the 500-seat arena for ev­ery home game.”

Mr. Viau then de­scribes how the Sports Palace – used by the Eastern On­tario Ju­nior B Hockey League’s Glens, other lo­cal mi­nor hockey clubs and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity – would ben­e­fit from be­ing cho­sen as the 2015 Hock­eyville win­ner, point­ing out that the 40-year-old fa­cil­ity could “use up­grades in the dress­ing rooms, new glass and a skate-sharp­en­ing ma­chine.”

He con­cludes by em­pha­siz­ing that Alexandria should be the next Hock­eyville win­ner be­cause the town “breathes and eats hockey, 24/7.”

A to­tal of 1,037 com­mu­ni­ties across Canada were nom­i­nated for 2015 Kraft Hock­eyville hon­ours be­tween the Jan­uary 1 to Fe­bru­ary 8 nom­i­na­tion pe­riod.

A judg­ing panel will se­lect the top 10 fi­nal­ists – five from the East (Prince Ed­ward Is­land, New­found­land, Nova Sco­tia, Québec and On­tario) and five from the West (Nu­navut, North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, Bri­tish Columbia, Al­berta, Saskatchew­an and Man­i­toba) – with the names of those com­mu­ni­ties be­ing an­nounced dur­ing a March 14 Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) tele­cast.

Be­tween March 21 and 23, res­i­dents of Canada, 13 years of age and older, can vote for their favourite Top 10 en­try, with the two com­mu­ni­ties (one per re­gion) that re­ceive the most votes dur­ing that pe­riod mov­ing on as fi­nal­ists vy­ing for the grand prize.

The fi­nal­ists will face off in a sec­ond round of vot­ing be­gin­ning March 28 and end­ing March 30, with the win­ner be­ing an­nounced dur­ing an April 4 HNIC game.

The Hock­eyville run­ner-up will re­ceive $100,000 to be used for arena up­grades, while the eight semi-fi­nal­ists will each win $25,000 in arena up­grades.

Lead­ing up to the an­nounce­ment of the ‘top 10,’ you can show your sup­port for Alexandria by vis­it­ing the afore­men­tioned nom­i­na­tion page (goo.gl/k7D0KY) and up­load­ing re­lated photos, com­ment­ing on Face­book, or join­ing the con­ver­sa­tion/post­ing a photo on In­sta­gram and/or Twit­ter.

In 2010, Alexandria made it to the then-top 12 semi-fi­nal­ist round, be­fore los­ing its bid to be­come the On­tario re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the com­mu­nity of Dun­das in a na­tion-wide vote.

Dun­das, with a pop­u­la­tion of roughly 25,000 peo­ple and part of the City of Hamil­ton since 2001, gar­nered a to­tal of 287,234 votes to Alexandria’s 156,937, ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nal five and ul­ti­mately cap­tur­ing the Kraft Hock­eyville ti­tle and grand prize – $100,000 in arena up­grades and a pre­sea­son tilt be­tween the Buf­falo Sabres and Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors on Septem­ber 28 – that year.

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