Another shot at Hockeyville
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.