Kingston moves on in Kraft Hockeyville 2014

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

KINGSTON - 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.”

Organizations: Credit Union Centre

Geographic location: Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Nova Scotia Sylvan Lake Salmon Arm Atlantic Canada

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