Kingston, N.S., rink finalist in Kraft Hockeyville contest
Rink beats out arena in Bedeque, P.E.I., to win $100,000; has a shot at hosting a preseason NHL game
A community rink in Kingston, N.S., has won $100,000 in arena upgrades after it was voted one of two finalists in the Kraft Hockeyville contest.
The announcement was made Saturday night on Hockey Night In Canada.
"It was amazing," said Jack Rafuse, vice-president of the Western Kings Rink Association.
The Credit Union Centre in Kingston is now facing off against the Medican Multi-plex in Sylvan Lake, Alta., vying for a chance to host a preseason NHL game.
Voting has begun at krafthockeyville.ca and will run until Monday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Both rinks will receive $100,000 for being the final two in the competition.
The money is needed at Credit Union Centre, Rafuse said. The rink needs new boards and glass and has been fundraising for two years.
"It’s fantastic," he said. "We have enough to complete our project and maybe add a couple other ones with it, give something back to the place."
The Kingston rink narrowly beat out the Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre in Central Bedeque, P.E.I., to reach the finals and represent eastern Canada.
The Bedeque rink isn’t going away empty handed, though. It will get $50,000.