Let’s help Atikokan bring home the ‘cup’

It’s the division final and we’re tied heading into the third period of Game 7.
The Stanley Cup is secondary—we’re skating towards the final of CBC’s “Hockeyville!”
Atikokan successfully won its way through to Stage 3 of the competition. With the help of neighbours from across Northwestern Ontario, the town garnered enough votes to hold its place in the final 25.
So what’s next on the “Hockeyville” schedule?
CBC has been visiting each of the final 25 communities where celebrity guests and co-hosts led team projects within the community. On May 13, the CBC crew arrived in Atikokan and was greeted by a parade of residents, which led them through the community to the local arena.
Supporters of all ages donned jerseys, slapped their sticks, and rode anything with wheels (including a Zamboni) through town.
The Atikokan team project saw a rarely used upstairs office transformed into a multi-use change room to accommodate girls from minor hockey, ringette, and figure skating.
Ceiling tiles and fixtures were put up, walls painted and primed, subfloor and rubber matting was laid, and benches, shelves, and hooks were installed. The room also was adorned with murals—and was completed by the volunteers within the allotted time of two hours.
Wow!
The next step of this contest again calls on residents across Northwestern Ontario to show their support. This coming Tuesday (June 6), the judges and audience again will be asked to vote.
The 10 finalists then will be announced on Friday, June 9. That evening, there will be yet another competition to reduce the field to five.
The final round of audience voting will end Sunday, June 11, with the champion being announced during a live broadcast at 5 p.m.
I again call on residents across Thunder Bay-Rainy River to support our Northwestern Ontario neighbour. Get your friends together for a “voting party” and prepare your e-mail lists to remind friends from far and near to vote, vote, vote!
You really can help make this happen.
Mark your calendars to vote on June 6 and June 9—and let’s bring home “the cup!”

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