Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre only a suburb of Hockeyville

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69,577 votes short of the eastern Canadian finalist spot

SUMMERSIDE - The Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre will not be the next Hockeyville in Canada, but bid organizers are satisfied with achieving the $50,000 from  semi-final placement.

The Island contender for the contest received 1,403,259 votes in the Kraft Hockeyville semi-final, but the Credit Union Centre in Kingston, N.S., was able to draw 1,472,836 to become the eastern Canadian finalist.

"We're only about ten or eleven people short of the vote," assessed organizer David MacDonald.

"We've heard a lot of stories of people voting thousands of times," confirmed volunteer board chair Kevin Schurman.

"We thought it was going to be close; never thought it was going to be this close.

"I think we really proved to the rest of the country what community spirit can do," he stated.

MacDonald was satisfied with the success the community did have, but admits it means that the application of the funds won't be highly visible when renovations are completed.

"The first thing we have to replace is the brine pump. Then there's pipes that lead to that brine pump that have to be replaced, there is a condensor on the roof that is a part of that plant and has to be replaced, and we need a new hot water heater in our zambonie room," he projected.

We were only about 10 or 11 people short of the vote David MacDonald - Vice chairperson, volunteer board of Bedeque and Area Recreation Cetre.

"The sad part of this whole thing is the public is going to come in next year, and most of the (improvements) are going to be in the background, where it's all locked up, and people aren't going to see it.

"But we have to do that to run the rink, and that's what we have to replace. Now we can do that: we know that we're running next year, and we know we are running for years to come," thanks to Kraft Hockeyville, he acknowledged.

Celebrating what success has been achieved will take place at some future date. The rink is currently being used for a provincial Atom A tournament and will be followed by some other programming before the ice is removed next week.


MacDonald indicated that appreciation is strong for the Kraft Hockeyville opportunity, and the board is considering options for expressing that.



Organizations: Credit Union Centre

Geographic location: Kingston, Canada

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Recent comments

  • Richard Corkum
    March 23, 2014 - 16:13

    Thanks JP for correcting the sub-headline (for those reading the comments it originally stated the margin of difference was 577 votes). Even so, a big kudos to all those who spent the time to vote and log over 1.4 million votes in only 2 days!

  • Richard Corkum
    March 23, 2014 - 12:01

    It may be new math, but in my school days 1,472,836-1,403,259=69,577. Congratulations Central Bedeque on such a great run.

  • Don Hyslop
    March 23, 2014 - 07:36

    Dear people of PEI, what a showing by two Maritime villages. I ask you now to please throw your support to us the village of Kingston, NS.