Let’s make Bedeque Hockeyville

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Voting closes at 11:59 tonight. So it’s not too late.

The great thing about this vote is that one doesn’t have to examine political positions, meet campaigning politicians or even leave the house. Just fire up the computer and do it.

Do what, you ask? Vote to advance the Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre forward in the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville challenge. The small Island village, the only entry from P.E.I. left in the competition, needs your help. Many of the other 16 remaining communities are much larger, so this is another one of those times when it is all for one and one for all.

On Saturday, the centre was named to the list of 16 competitors left in the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville challenge, eight from eastern Canada and eight from western Canada. The much-anticipated announcement was made during Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. More importantly it guarantees the local rink at least $25,000 in arena upgrades. But why quit now? If we all rally behind BARC we can make a push for the grand prize; $100,000 in rink upgrades, a 2014/15 NHL preseason game, and a visit from CBC.

The local rink is in need of some major renovations, not the least of which is a 65-year-old ice plant and other serious issues that need to be repaired before next season.

To show its support, and in true Island fashion, the City of Summerside has decided to help its neighbour by throwing its support behind the cause, encouraging residents to vote early and often and by offering to play host to the NHL game should Bedeque win – the stadium must meet certain criteria to host the NHLers and the Bedeque facility just isn’t there.

Kevin Schurman, chairman of the board of directors for the facility, is very excited about the prospect.

He noted that Central Bedeque is a small community but has a lot of support from Islanders who have played at the arena over the years. And that’s good because they need that support. There were more than 700 postings during the first round of the competition.

The challenge now, said Schurman, will be to use what time is left to encourage voting to make it to the top four.

The Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre is up against the Credit Union Centre in Kingston, N.S., and Amherst Stadium in Amherst, N.S., as regional competitiors.

Other eastern Canadian challengers are facilities in Richmond, Prescott, Beeton and Exeter in Ontario; and one in Chicoutimi, Québec.

To make it to the top will be no small feat, but if we work together we can help the volunteers at BARC and support our fellow Islanders.

So vote often.


Organizations: NHL, CBC, Credit Union Centre

Geographic location: Canada, Iceland, Amherst Stadium Summerside Kingston Richmond Ontario Chicoutimi

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Recent comments

  • joyce bryenton
    March 10, 2014 - 21:15

    great community and Rink .

  • Wayne Rogers
    March 10, 2014 - 11:19

    Bedeque PEI all the way

  • Garth Schurman
    March 10, 2014 - 08:34

    I vote for Bedeque rink , and hope they win.

  • Norma Sherry
    March 09, 2014 - 19:36

    My husband's family and our own kids have grown up at Bedeque Rink. I feel it deserves to get this help so this tradition can continue in the future.

  • Doris Moase
    March 09, 2014 - 16:25

    Bedeque ,pei should win