Kingston rink association president, Wayne Fowler, thinks Kingston has what it takes to be the next Kraft Hockeyville community. File
Kingston’s Credit Union Centre is taking a run at the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville title.
Kraft Hockeyville is an annual competition in which communities across Canada compete to demonstrate their commitment to the sport of ice hockey. Kingston rink association president, Wayne Fowler, confirmed Jan. 2 Kingston’s recently-renamed arena has officially entered the competition.
“Yes, we have started the process,” Fowler said, adding he believes the facility has a good chance at becoming an east coast nominee in the hockey contest. Despite the fact the arena management group has struggled over the last few years with its mortgage and with equipment and infrastructure issues, it has hosted dinners, dances, golf tournaments, hockey fundraisers and raffles to raise money for facility upgrades.
“Through great community support and thousands in donations, we are closer than ever to the new concrete pad, coolant piping, header, board, glass and safety netting replacement. We can do this as we are Hockeyville,” pointed out Fowler.
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The next dinner/dance and auction fundraiser for the arena is planned for Feb. 1 at 14 Wing Greenwood’s Annapolis Mess. Tickets are available at the Kingston village office and the Greenwood Scotiabank branch.
Salmon River, Nova Scotia, claimed the first Hockeyville crown in 2006 and the western valley community of Lawrencetown made it to the top five list in 2010. The contest has been held annually since 2006, with the exception of 2013.
The community crowned Hockeyville 2014 will receive $100,000 in arena upgrades, national media exposure and the opportunity to host a 2014/15 NHL pre-season game. This year’s competition will award a total of $1 million to 16 hockey communities in Canada.
Contest nominations opened Jan. 1 and will close Feb. 9. Between now and then Fowler is encouraging local residents to get into the Hockeyville spirit by posting memories and thoughts about the arena to Facebook on the group page.