Andrew Deans is doing it again - Behind the Scenes Spirit of Terrace's Winning 2009 Hockeyville Bid, Deans is at it again - Successfully!
If passion and commitment matter, West Kelowna is well positioned to give the rest of Canada a run for its money in the final stretch for this year’s Kraft Hockeyville nationwide competition.
On Saturday night, CBC revealed West Kelowna was among the final five communities competing for the covetedKraft Hockeyville crown, and BC’s only contender remaining in the contest.
In 2009, Terrace took the Hockeyville honours and West Kelowna hopes to be only the second BC community to win the title since the contest was introduced in 2006. The winner of Kraft Hockeyville receives $100,000 towards arena upgrades and earns the chance to host an NHL preseason game at their local rink.
A volunteer crew of nearly 20 people has been campaigning tirelessly for five months to bring Hockeyville to their community.
“We’re a new community and we’ve needed something to bring this whole community together and help establish an identity for West Kelowna. Kraft Hockeyville has definitely done that. This is the first time we’ve seen an initiative here that’s charged everyone. We have The Westbank First Nation working side by side with the District of West Kelowna, young minor hockey players celebrating side by side with seniors in our community.” Says West Kelowna Hockeyville Co-Chair, Adam Less.
Less’s other Co-Chair Andrew Deans agrees, “It’s been an amazing experience. And in some ways we’ve already won. We’ve seen in past years how Kraft Hockeyville can change a community and create a legacy for it. We want that her and we need that for west Kelowna.”
Immediately following the announcement Saturday, a nationwide voting window opened until Tuesday at 9pm when voting closes. Anyone from anywhere can vote and voting is unlimited so those wishing to do so can vote as often as they want.
The West Kelowna team is hoping their supporters do just that. The team is reaching out through social media across the province and beyond to generate as many votes as they can. The West Kelowna Hockeyville committee has even set up a mammoth public voting centre at the local Comfort Inn Hotel, with over 80 networked computers and 30 phones for local residents that wish to take in the experience of voting at West Kelowna’s Kraft Hockeyville ground zero.
For making the final five, West Kelowna is already guaranteed $25,000 and will host CBC live from their local arena, Royal LePage Place when the winner is announced live during Hockey Night In Canada.
Voters can vote online at www.krafthockeyville.ca
or by phone, toll free at 1-866-533-8066.
And this is what happens after you drink from the Hockeyville cup, you get to visit with Lord Stanley's Cup!