Excitement grows for Hockeyville bid

Mandy Ryan
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CBC television cameras will be at the Bruce II Sports Centre in Port aux Basques' on Thursday filming local hockey spirit in the gateway town.

Andrew Parsons, president of the local Minor Hockey Association, is encouraging all hockey players and fans to show those cameras just how much they love the game of hockey.

Minor hockey president Andrew Parsons reflects on some hockey memories in his hometown Port aux Basques.

CBC television cameras will be at the Bruce II Sports Centre in Port aux Basques' on Thursday filming local hockey spirit in the gateway town.

Andrew Parsons, president of the local Minor Hockey Association, is encouraging all hockey players and fans to show those cameras just how much they love the game of hockey.

With any luck, that love could win the local rink $100,000 to upgrade the local arena, an NHL pre-season game hosted in the community arena and a CBC Hockey Night in Canada broadcast from the community.

CBC is coming as a result of an entry into the Kraft Hockeyville contest.

The whole point of the contest is to determine which community exemplifies the most hockey spirit in Canada.

"I think it is us, but we have to show them this. "That is why I would like our rink to be packed next Thursday," said Mr. Parsons.

That's why he is working to make sure the maximum number of people are at the Bruce II on Thursday. The better the showing, the better the chances are of the rink becoming a finalist in the contest.

A meeting was held at the Bruce II on Saturday where an ad-hoc committee was set up which will organize Thursday's events.

Thursday will be a 'Hockey Day in Port aux Basques' said Mr. Parsons, with several hockey-related activities planned, including a game planned between a local recreation league team and the St. James' Regional High School team. He is encouraging everyone to wear something on Thursday that depicts the game of hockey at the arena, in their place of business and even in school.

Four contest runners-up will receive $20,000 in community arena improvements and a CBC Hockey Night in Canada broadcast from the community.

The contest closed to entries on Jan. 5. An in-house panel of judges will choose the top 10 communities from across the country - two from each of the four regions (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and western) and two wild card spots.

The top 10, based on community spirit, originality and passion for hockey, will be announced on Feb. 17. Each community will be profiled on Kraft Hockeyville on CBC.

Audience votes then determine the top five, and finally the overall winner, to be announced on April 5.

Kraft Canada, the CBC, the National Hockey League and the NHL Player's Association partner on the annual contest.

Organizations: CBC, National Hockey League, Bruce II Sports Centre Minor Hockey Association Regional High School Kraft Canada NHL Player's Association

Geographic location: Canada, Port aux Basques, Quebec Ontario

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  • Rob
    June 28, 2010 - 14:29

    Hello all, I hope and pray to God my town wins this because it's about time the country sees what a perfect town we have there. You can do this people, good luck!

  • Melissa
    June 28, 2010 - 14:29

    Good luck with Kraft Hockeyville Port aux Basques!!!