Kingston takes a run at Kraft Hockeyville 2014

Nancy Kelly
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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.

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.

 

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  • Hazel McEwan
    February 03, 2014 - 09:40

    Go Kingston Go What a great Rally / Gala on 1Feb2014 . Lots of hard work well done. Home to West Kings District High School hockey teams, lots of memories.

  • Karen Reid
    February 02, 2014 - 19:40

    There are two family memories that stand out in my mind. The free family skate that happens every Sunday afternoon and the wonderful New Years Eve event. Our family has enjoys both those events for years and they have created very happy memories for us. The warmth of community and family has made the Credit Union Center very dear to my heart. That is why it should be Kraft Hockeyville 2014. GO KINGSTON GO

  • Martha Pineo
    January 27, 2014 - 13:16

    My Grandson, MacKeal Bezanson, plays hockey for Acadian Minor Hockey and plays in Kingston some. I love going there and watching and they need an upgrade in the worst way. This could really benefit the Village of Kingston and all the kids that play at this great venue. Good luck!!!

  • Doris Glavine
    January 12, 2014 - 17:48

    As a child, more than 60 years ago, we would freeze as we walked to a meadow to find a small area on which we would skate.The Kingston arena was built when our sons were starting minor hockey. What a pleasure to be able to watch them play hockey or go skating where they were out of the elements and in a safe place. I spent many hours as a spectator and a volunteer in the canteen. We now take our grand daughters there for public Skating.

  • Kim Crocker
    January 06, 2014 - 22:45

    I remember watching my little brother ( who is 34 years old now) play hockey in this rink when he was young and my husbands sister play on high school teams lots of great memories in this little ol' rink, little town with big hockey rink love! Go Kingston Go!!!