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Bobcaygeon in final four for Hockeyville contest

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Bobcaygeon has been shortlisted to the final four contenders for the Kraft Hockeyville contest.

Impact 32, a volunteer steering committee made up of local business owners and community organizers, reported on their Facebook page today that the village has made the Kraft Hockeyville top four.

Impact 32 notes that, “Bobcaygeon now moves on to the voting round taking place on April 9 and 10. Top spot will skate away with $250,000 in arena upgrades and will host an NHL hockey game.”
The second through fourth place contenders will receive $25,000 towards arena upgrades. As previously reported in the Advocate, Bobcaygeon was shortlisted to be among 20 submissions to go on to the next level and now has reached the final four.

Over the years it has been home to girl’s hockey, curling, ringette, figure skating, roller skating, professional wrestling, summer movies and fiddle and step dance competitions making it a community centre in the truest sense of the term.

Last year, Twillingate, Newfoundland was named Hockeyville, and its recreation director, Jeff Blackler said community support was unbelievable. “The town just erupted when we heard we made the final four. The town just started to buzz.” He went on to say during the 36-hour final popular vote, the town was deserted.

“Everyone was home on their phones, their computers, voting. We got calls from people across Canada — Ontario, Alberta – even the States telling us they had voted.”

Twillingate has not actually spent their windfall yet. They have had engineering firms come in and assess the building to see where the money would best be spent. And, in a show of Newfoundland pragmatism, they have leveraged the prize money by applying to the provincial government for another $1,000,000 in public funds. As Blackler noted, “$250,000 would put a new roof on the building, but it needs more than that.”

Impact 32 notes people should make sure they are registered on the Kraft Hockeyville rally page so that you can participate in the voting and help Bobcaygeon win the top title.

“Stay tuned for more information from the Bobcaygeon Rally Team on the voting and how to help.”

–with files from Geoff Coleman.

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