Compeitors join forces for the title of Hockeyville.

Update: Smoke n’ Guns helps Castlegar Hockeyville effort

Smoke n'Guns was close, but everyone came out ahead in promoting local Kraft Hockeyville bid

Jim Sinclair photos

Castlegar is on the right track in terms of its bid to earn the title of Kraft Hockeyville 2014. The first stage was completed last Sunday at one second to 9 p.m.

Now is the time for a bit of a breather until the same time on Saturday, March 8 during the Hockey Night in Canada telecast on CBC TV. At that time, 16 communities from across the country, half each in east and west, will be revealed. If Castlegar is one of those named, we’re in for a super-intense 48-hour drive for votes.

It was only in the last couple of weeks that the local effort came about, spearheaded by Castlegar city councillors Sue-Heaton-Sherstobitoff and Dan Rye.

A squad of influential locals was assembled for the early nomination phase of the proceedings and, by all reports, a strong and effective response was generated.

At stake with the Kraft Hockeyville program, along with valuable publicity and goodwill for the successful community, are some major upgrades for the local arena in the selected city, town or district. In our case it’s the Castlegar Community Complex. But however the chips may fall when it’s all said and done, the exercise will have been a positive one according to Heaton-Sherstobitoff, who said on Feb. 11: “The good thing about all this is the spin-offs. It looks like we’re going to do something with the Rebels every year,” she outlined. “It’ll be like ‘Rebels-with-a-Cause.’ We will have events with them, like everyone gets in for $5 plus a donation for some cause.”

Last Saturday’s fun and frantic Smoke n’ Guns road hockey showdown has spurred the interest in something ongoing as well.

“The fire and police departments want to have an annual road hockey game,” Heaton-Sherstobitoff continued. “That’s what I was hoping from this, that we would have that spirit to spin off into something else, and it definitely has. To me… that’s who we win.”

To close, here is an excerpt from a Feb. 10 email fromSue to those helping promote the Castlegar effort:

“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to all of you for getting the word out about ‘Castlegar is Kraft Hockeyville 2014.’

At 8:59:59 last night we had 461 members and 589 uploads which is fantastic. My goal was to get between 400 and 500 nominations so this community definitely showed its support! Our facebook page has 1216 likes which is amazing!

“To all those who came out to the two Saints games, to the Kraft Hockeyville Night in Castlegar with the Rebels and to the Smoke and Guns Road Hockey Game  – thank you. In 17 days we managed to get the word out and show the rest of Canada what Community Spirit is all about.

“Now to start planning the next stage. If Castlegar is announced (on March 8) we will need to have a plan in place to open up a couple of voting stations and have groups staff the stations around the clock as we would have 48 hours to get as many votes as we can.”

Here’s hoping we’re in on the 48-hour campaign! Watch for updates.

With a generous helping hand for each of the squads from the Castlegar Rebels – police, firefighters and city council members donned their game faces on Saturday afternoon on the parking lot of the Castlegar Community Complex.

As the shouting was about to die down, the firefighters’ club, which included the plucky Lawrence “Nose for the Net” Chernoff, had recorded an 11-9 win in the spirited “Smoke n’ Guns” challenge.

The whole event was staged on a sunny and frigid day to demonstrate why Castlegar deserves to be known as Kraft Hockeyville 2014!

Just Posted

Castlegar wildlife conflicts down in 2018, though problems persist

Official Bear Smart Community status still elusive for city

How long can Castlegar support a repertory cinema?

Cinema owners find audiences with older, obscure movies

Castlegar Search and Rescue gets early Christmas gift

Boston Pizza donated $1,107 to local search and rescue group

Castlegar family in need of ‘Christmas miracle’ to treat 4 year old’s diabetes

All Jack Sekel wants for Christmas is a monitor that neither insurance or government will provide.

KBRH on watch for bed bugs after two recent cases

Spokesperson Mandy Lowery says there has not been a bed bug sighting at KBRH since Dec. 8

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

B.C. VIEWS: Andrew Wilkinson on taxes, ICBC and union changes

Opposition leader sees unpredictable year ahead in 2019

5 tips for self-care, mental wellness this holiday season

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions urging British Columbians to prioritize self care through festive season

Rescued B.C. cat with misshapen legs in need of forever home – with carpet

Mirielle was born with misshapen back legs and after a tough life on the streets, is looking for a forever home.

Most Read