Two Nova Scotia community rinks and one on Prince Edward Island are among the 16 finalists across Canada that have scooped up part of $1 million in prizes and are still in the running to win the Kraft Hockeyville competition.
All 16 will receive $25,000 for arena upgrades. Voting to narrow down the finalists continues at krafthockeyville.cbc.ca. Voting closes on Monday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The local rinks are the Credit Union Centre in Kingston, N.S., the Amherst Stadium in Amherst, N.S., and the Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre in Central Bedeque, P.E.I.
Don Hyslop has worked on the Kingston campaign. He says the money will help offset some recent problems with the rink.
"Our rink has gone through a lot in the last few years," he said. "We had the coolant pipes break resulting in the floor having to be removed, and the pipes are going to have to be replaced.
"Right now we only have a sand floor, and the money that we've got so far and hopefully money to come will be a big help in that."
The winner of Hockeyville will get $100,000 and a chance to host a preseason NHL game.
Making the top 16 is a big deal for the rink in Bedeque, which is in debt. The $25,000 will help pull it back into the black. Rink members held a potluck Saturday night to listen to the results.
"I'm sure you could have heard us," said Dave MacDonald, who is on the rink board. "We were probably about ten minutes away from where the rink is and I'm sure they could have heard us up at the rink.
"It was pretty exciting."