Announced among 16 competitiors on HNIC
CENTRAL BEDEQUE - The Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre has been named to the long-list of 16 competitors in the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville challenge.
The long-list was announced during the second period intermission on Hockey Night in Canada, Saturday night, and guarantees the local rink at least $25,000 in arena upgrades.
Kevin Schurman, chair of the board of directors for the facility, was contacted with other board members shortly after the announcement was made.
"We're super excited! It's a big surprise in one way, and in another way not," he expressed, noting that Central Bedeque is a small community but has a lot of support from Islanders who have played at the arena over the years.
"There were over 700 postings on the site during the first round," Schurman identified.
That testifies to support from a lot of different communities, and Schurman was sure that residents of nearby Summerside were a big part of that as the two communities have a history of mutual support.
The challenge now will be to use the next 48 hours to encourage voting to make 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.
We received support from a lot of different communities. There were over 700 posting on the site during the first round Kevin Schurman, chair of the Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre volunteer board
Competitors in western Canada include facilities in Arborg, Manitoba; Swift Current, Saskatchewan; St. Albert, Sylvan Lake and Bruderheim in Alberta; as well as Salmon Arm, Kimberly and Osoyoos in British Columbia.
The next round of voting opened Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET and continues until 11:59:59 p.m. ET on Monday, March 10. Voting is open to legal residents of Canada who are 13 years of age or older (13-17 years with guardian permission), and anyone can vote for any nominated community. The number of votes per individual is unlimited.
The top four will consist of two from eastern Canada and two from western Canada.
Voting can be done online at www.krafthockeyville.ca or by toll free telephone at
The Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre will be celebrating the success of the first stage with a public skate from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, an event that had been planned regardless of outcome to thank supporters for their efforts.