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Osoyoos residents are urged once again to join team to make our town Kraft Hockeyville 2014
Hockey fans were not only deprived of National Hockey League action during last year’s prolonged lockout, but millions of Canadians also missed out on the opportunity to participate in the hugely popular Kraft Hockeyville contest.
As all hockey fans know, the lock out finally ended and a 48-game regular season took place.
And after a one-year hiatus due to the labour dispute between owners and players, Kraft Hockeyville has also returned, which is very good news for hockey fanatics like Osoyoos’ own Cathy Martins.
Two years ago, Martins led the charge and local residents jumped on board in a big way as Osoyoos made the final three in British Columbia – and top 15 in Canada – in the Kraft Hockeyville contest.
Martins is urging all local citizens to show the same kind of enthusiasm for the 2014 contest, which officially opened to all Canadians two weeks ago.
“The contest is open once again and we have until February 9 for people to enter photos, stories and videos to the Kraft Hockeyville website,” said Martins, a local teacher and longtime supporter of the various Junior B hockey clubs that have operated here in Osoyoos over the past 20 years.
“We did fantastic last time and I think we can do even better this time as everyone knows how much attention and pride was brought to our little town because of how well we did in the Hockeyville contest two years ago.”
Since Kraft Hockeyville was introduced several years ago, the winning community received a $25,000 upgrade to its local arena and the rare opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game.
Kraft has dramatically increased the prize money for the 2014 contest, offering a cool $1 million in total prizes, including $100,000 in arena upgrades for the winning communities in western Canada and eastern Canada.
The top two communities in the east and west will each receive $50,000 in arena upgrades and the top eight communities from eastern and western Canada will receive $25,000 in arena upgrades.
The winning community will not only host an NHL pre-season game, but will also have a visit by a crew from CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada as well.
“We only have a few weeks for people to send things in, so I’m urging all the hockey fans in Osoyoos to send in stories and photos about the Sun Bowl Arena and why our local rink is so important to us,” said Martins. “We finished in the top three in B.C. last time and I have no doubt we can do just as well, if not better, this time.”
Martins said she has lived in Osoyoos her entire life and she has never witnessed the outpouring of community spirit and pride that so many local residents felt during the Kraft Hockeyville contest two years ago.
Two years ago, Martins organized a community photo inside the Sun Bowl Arena where more than 250 showed up for a group photo that was entered into the contest.
She would like to organize another community event if Osoyoos is selected to move on to the second round once all entries are finalized in early February.
You can enter the Kraft Hockeyville contest by going online at www.krafthockeyville.ca.