A Nova Scotia village wants Bluenosers from across the country to help them win this year's $100,000 Kraft Hockeyville contest.
Marilyn Roberts is the head of the local organizing committee in Tatamagouche, N.S.
"The North Shore Recreation Centre is now 40 years old and it's a very important part of our community and right now it needs a major floor replacement. The rink floor needs to be replaced," she said.
Tatamagouche is facing off against nine other rinks from across the country. The winner of Hockeyville will get $100,000 to upgrade their arena and a chance to host a preseason NHL game.
Roberts said the win would be incredibly important to her community, which relies on the rink a great deal.
"It doesn't just serve Tatamagouche, it serves the entire North Shore area and so many people feel that it's a vital part of our community. It's where young and old alike gather," she said.
"We have hockey — of course hockey is Canada's game — and the figure skating and the curling. In the summer it's busy with ball hockey and then Oktoberfest in September, so it's vitally important. It brings a lot of people into the community."
'Fantastic sense of community'
Tatamagouche's chances are as good as anyone's, said Roberts.
"We have such a fantastic sense of community and there are Nova Scotians all over Canada so we're hoping they're going to support the only Nova Scotia rink that was nominated," she said.
Roberts said she has been getting calls from Nova Scotians from across the country, including some living in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
"Nova Scotians living there and living all over the Maritimes are saying, 'We're going to vote for Tatamagouche because we are Nova Scotian and we can do this,'" she said.
Voting for the top two communities takes place online March 13 and 14. Voting for the grand prize winner out of the top two takes place March 20 and 21.
The winner will be announced on April 2.
The second place winner gets $100,000 as well, with the final eight communities getting $25,000 each.