From Newfoundland to British Columbia and to the farthest reaches of the North, communities across Canada are putting together their bids to be the next Canadian community selected as Kraft's Hockeyville.
The 2009 competition got underway on November 1st, and the deadline for submissions is fast approaching with December 6th as the last day for Canadians to offer up their community as a worthy candidate for Hockeyville.
The successful community will host an NHL Pre-Season Game in their arena, a visit from CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and the prize that all communities are seeking $100 000 from Kraft to upgrade their local arena!
Prince Rupert has been posted on line as a potential Hockeyville, though the submissions are few at the moment, especially when compared to our neighbours to the east in Terrace who have been quick to take up the challenge. If you feel that Rupert is indeed Hockeyville, then the task is up to you, with your chance to post your thoughts on how hockey is important to you and your community.
The Kraft Hockeyville website has full details on how to get involved, as well some background on what the competition is all about. You can also follow the progress of the competition from the Hockeyville facebook site.
The successful communities so far have been Salmon River, Nova Scotia in 2006, North Bay, Ontario in 2007 and last years successful town Roberval, Quebec, simple geography suggests that a Western or Northern community is destined to be the next selection.
The local debate is currently underway on hackingthemainframe, where participants in the forum topic are posting their thoughts on the merits of Prince Rupert putting in a bid and the odds of success coming our way.
Check out the websites and get involved for our community, you never know, your story and community spirit may be just what they are looking for.