Kimberley has to wait and see about Hockeyville

Finalists to be announced Saturday, March 15; Marysville Arena in the running

Kimberley residents were voting on Monday. Whether on cell phones, tablets or laptops, people found time for multiple Kraft Hockeyville voting as the deadline to vote the last communities into the final four of the national contest passed at day’s end.

Now we wait for results, which will be announced on March 15. Marysville Arena was up against the Sun Bowl Arena in Osoyoos, the Bruderheim Arena, in Bruderheim, AB, the Akinsdale and Kinex Arena in St. Albert, AB, the Medican Multiplex in Sylvan Lake, AB, the Credit Union IPlex in Swift Current, SK and the Arborg and District Arena in Arborg, MB in the Western Final Eight. The top two move to the final four. The six who don’t make it are eligible for $25,000 in prizes each.

The bottom two in the east and west brackets will receive $50,000 in arena upgrades and the top two each receive $100,000 in upgrades, and in addition the winner gets a 2014-2015 NHL pre-season game and a visit from CBC television.

Having such a small community make it through may be a long show, but you never know. When entering an arena, contestants are told that it’s not the quantity of entries but the quality. The Marysville Arena project only had six letters of nomination, not very many for a winning bid, but Kimberley resident Elva Keiver was contacted by Kraft and told that it was her letter that sealed the deal for Marsyville and won it at least $25,000. See her letter, right.

Check the Kraft Hockeyville website on Saturday, March 15 to see if Marysville Arena is going forward.