Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bid hopes dashed

The mission that lasted months was thwarted in a matter of seconds.
Fort Frances is out of the running for Kraft “Hockeyville” 2014 after the top 16 communities to advance to the first round of online voting were unveiled during “Hockey Night in Canada” on Saturday.

With little fanfare, a map of Canada flashed on the screen to begin the announcement—starting on the West Coast and quickly moving east.
The B.C. communities of Salmon Arm, Marysville, and Osoyoos were followed by the Alberta trio of Bruderheim, St. Albert, and Sylvan Lake.
Once Swift Current, Sask. and Arborg, Man. were named to round out the top eight from the West bracket, those supporting Fort Frances’ bid knew their hopes had been dashed even before Ontario was shown on their screens.
The East bracket included a quartet of southern Ontario communities (Richmond, Preston, Beeton, and Exeter), along with Chicoutimi, Que., the Nova Scotia towns of Kingston and Amherst, and Bedeque, P.E.I.
All those named earned $25,000 worth of arena upgrades, as well as the opportunity to be part of a 48-hour online voting period currently ongoing until 9:59 p.m. (CDT) tonight to decide which ones advance to the top four.
The overall champion will receive $100,000 in arena upgrades, along with the chance to host an NHL pre-season game.

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