Hockeyville a saviour for Deuvilles Rink

Jason Malloy
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SALMON RIVER - Deuville's Rink may not be here today if it had not won a national TV program four years ago.
Back then Ellery Deuville knew the family-owned and operated rink needed renovations, including a new roof.
"The only way I could have got that money was either borrow it and raise the ice rentals or close. A lot of people don't realize how close it was," he said.
Borrowing the money also would have been a tough choice knowing the region was looking at building a new facility.
Fortunately, the story of the rink, which has served the community well for more than a half a century, captured a nation in 2006 and beat out 450 communities to become the first recipient of the title of Kraft Hockeyville. The title came with $50,000 in renovations to the rink.
"Who knows what would have (happened)," Deuville said Tuesday. "Without it, it would have been one heck of a tough road. It's some nice now to be able to come up here and look at everything."
The rink also received a $27,000 grant from the provincial government to overhaul its ice-making compressors in 2008. Deuville said the roof and compressors should be good for at least a decade and it is a matter of planning for future renovations.

Geographic location: SALMON RIVER

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