Hockey Day planned in Kingston

Nancy Kelly
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Community awaiting results of Hockeyville competition

Wayne Fowler is hopeful Kingston will be chosen as Kraft Hockeyville 2014.

Hockey Day is coming to Kingston April 5.

A day of celebration will cap off the Credit Union Centre’s run for the 2014 Hockeyville title. The Kingston rink beat out the Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre in Central Bedeque, PEI, to represent eastern Canada in the nation-wide contest.

“We are ready to party,” said Hockeyville campaign organizer Wayne Fowler.

“We have already won an ice cream sundae,” he said of the arena’s prize of $100,000 for being named the eastern region finalist.  The Credit Union Centre is now facing off against the Medican Multi-plex in Sylvan Lake, AB for a chance to host a pre-season NHL game.

“Now we are just looking to put the cherry on top.”

Hockey Day in Kingston will kick off at 8 a.m. with a community breakfast at the Kingston Legion. The downtown will come alive after the breakfast with a grand street parade through the village, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Sparky Street fire hall and winding up at the arena.

The Credit Union Centre will be a busy place for the balance of the day with the midget girls’ Valley Wild taking to the ice for a game at 12:30 p.m. That game will be followed up with a match between the Valley Golden Oldies at 2:30 p.m. A kids’ hockey skills competition gets underway at 3:30 p.m. before a pick up hockey game mixing the girls’ and boys’ teams from West Kings High School at 4:30 p.m.

“We hope to start filling the stands for the big announcement about 6 p.m. and have everybody seated by 7 p.m. for the Hockey Night in Canada pre-show,” said Fowler.

A big screen television will be set up on the ice for people to watch the broadcast, which will feature segments profiling the top two communities.

“The announcement should come between 7:30 and 8 p.m.,” said Fowler.

Admission to the breakfast is by freewill donation and all events at the arena are open to the public at no cost.

“This is going to be a complete, 100 per cent community day to celebrate what we have accomplished,” Fowler said.  

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