Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Fort Nelson Kraft Hockeyville Top Ten


Fort Nelson Selected as Kraft Hockeyville Top 10 Finalist

FORT NELSON – The Council of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) would like to extend their congratulations to the Community of Fort Nelson for being selected as one of the ten finalists on CBC's Kraft Hockeyville. Fort Nelson will be proudly showcasing its exemplary hockey and community spirit in an effort to claim the 2011 Hockeyville title. The winner will receive $100,000 for upgrades to their local arena and the opportunity to host a pre-season NHL game.

Fort Nelson's community spirit has been all-the-more evident since its local rink, the only one in a 400 kilometre radius, collapsed in 2007. The community pulled together to build several outdoor rinks for all skaters in the community; which were often packed despite frigid temperatures. Parents and community groups made countless trips down the Alaska Highway to ensure that the local youth teams wouldn't miss a single hockey season.

“The Fort Nelson Community Centre is the heart of our remote community,” said Acting Mayor Jack Sime. “When we lost our arena, the immediate effects were devastating. The cumulative impacts were far reaching. But thanks to a lot of hard work and community effort, we managed to ensure that hockey and figure skating not only continued in Fort Nelson but also thrived.”

It is especially notable that over 8000 submissions were submitted for Kraft Hockeyville from across Canada and Fort Nelson's single submission by Jennifer Legge placed us within the top ten final communities. Regional Council thanks Fort Nelson resident Jennifer Legge, whose moving submission helped grab CBC's attention during their initial evaluation of the thousands of Hockeyville submissions.

You can vote for Fort Nelson to become Canada's next Hockeyville by visiting Regional Council urges everyone to vote for Fort Nelson as often as they can before the Sunday, March 13th deadline. Remember, you can vote as many times as you would like. 

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