Kingston moves on in Kraft Hockeyville 2014

John Decoste
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Credit Union Centre makes final four, now guaranteed $50,000

Kingston’s Credit Union Centre is still in the running for the title of Kraft Hockeyville 2014.  

Kingston was one of the final four communities, two in Eastern Canada and two in Western Canada, announced early Sunday morning as the contest moved into its next phase.  

In addition to moving on to the next level, Kingston is now guaranteed $50,000, which the arena committee can put toward facility upgrades.  

The next round of voting for Kraft Hockeyville began at 1 a.m. ADT Sunday and will continue for 48 hours, to narrow the field down to two, both of which will receive $100,000.    

The other three remaining communities are Central Bedeque, PE; Sylvan Lake, AB; and Salmon Arm, BC.  

“We’re pretty ecstatic right now,” Credit Union Centre president Wayne Fowler said by phone shortly after the announcement of the final four.  

“It’s great, and the nice thing is, there are two communities from Atlantic Canada, and we’re the only one from Nova Scotia.” He added, “I feel we have a really good chance of (making the final two).”  

Fowler stressed, “all we can do now is work for the next level.” Since the final-16 were announced a week ago, “it’s been out of our hands.”  

Asked what his group does from here, Fowler replied, “we’ll be hitting social media pretty hard tonight. Tomorrow, we contact Leo (MLA Leo Glavine) and Greg (MP Greg Kerr), and get them to get their respective machineries going.”  

As the only Nova Scotia community remaining, “we’ll need a province-wide blitz, to make sure as many people as possible vote.”  

Meanwhile, the response to Kingston’s bid continues to be impressive. “I’ve probably received 500 comments tonight alone, just myself,” Fowler said.

Speaking earlier in the evening, he pointed out, “we’re really happy to be where we are, and to have gotten as far as we have.”  

He felt that move on or not, “we have an extra $25,000 (now $50,000) we didn’t have a month ago, we’ve gained that much again and more in terms of positive publicity, and the amount of community spirit we’ve generated, there’s no way you can put a price on that.”  

He stressed, “It’s pretty exciting for us, especially where there was talk two years ago that the Kingston arena wouldn’t even be here. Now, there aren’t too many people out there who don’t know we’re the Credit Union Centre.”

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Recent comments

  • concerned citizen
    March 17, 2014 - 20:07

    Good Luck Kingston. You are deserving of this. Everyone,, PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO VOTE !!

  • Anne L Kempton
    March 17, 2014 - 09:17

    I am on the Credit Union Centre Kingston Arena committee to do my part to help our small village receive the much needed repairs to our arena. I work at 14 Wing Greenwood and last week I received a Wing Wide email authorized by our Base Commander to make every personnel both military and civilian aware of our bid and to give us his seal of approval. It is an exciting time for us here in Kingston. I am proud to work with Wayne Fowler and the rest of the committee. We are strong, dedicated and determined. We have worked tirelessly by voting 24/7 to do the best we can to make Credit Union Centre, Kingston Arena the number one choice for Eastern Canada. We have military personnel across Canada and overseas helping by voting and passing the word. It has been overwhelming to see the many posts on our Facebook page of people with family in other provinces and overseas who are cheering us on. GO KINGSTON GO. VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

  • wally webb
    March 16, 2014 - 07:25

    awesome Kingston...shows what community can do!