Thetford Mines to compete for Hockeyville title
Thetford Mines, Que., was unveiled Saturday night as a finalist of CBC Sports' Hockeyville 2009, completing the list of five communities competing for the crown as Canada's most spirited hockey community.
Thetford Mines joins Humboldt, Sask., Terrace, B.C., Harbour Grace, N.L., and Woolwich, Ont.
CBC’s Cassie Campbell-Pascall and former NHL great Luc Robitaille will be in Thetford Mines at Centre Mario Gosselin as part of the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on Feb. 28.
Governor General Michaelle Jean spent part of her youth in Thetford Mines, while Gosselin, Bob Fillion, Patrice Tardif and Simon Gamache are among those born in the town who have played in the NHL.
The winner of the competition earns the right to host an NHL pre-season game next season and receive $100,000 for upgrades to its local arena.
The four runner-up communities will receive $25,000 each in arena upgrades.
Canadians will be invited to vote for their favourite Hockeyville 2009 finalist, with the winner revealed on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on March 7.
This year's winning community will join previous victors Roberval, Que. (2008); North Bay, Ont. (2007); and Salmon River, N.S. (2006).