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Vernon asks supporters to rally around Falkland for Kraft Hockeyville title

Lumby earned the Kraft Hockeyville title in 2016.
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February 08, 2020 - 2:30 PM

The City of Vernon is rallying behind Falkland in its bid to host Kraft Hockeyville 2020 and win enough cash to put a roof over its outdoor hockey rink.

Currently, the outdoor rink in the town — along Highway 97 roughly halfway between Vernon and Kamloops — often sees too much sunshine, melting the ice and stopping play. Winning the Kraft Hockeyville competition would net the rink $250,000 – and allow a roof to built over the ice.

Nominations for the contest close tomorrow Feb. 9. Falkland is looking for a final push of support from neighbouring communities to reach Top 4 and move on to the next round, according to the City of Vernon in a news release. In addition to winning the title and funding, the top community also has a chance to host an NHL pre-season game.

“In 2016, the Village of Lumby won the Hockeyville title,” said Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming, in the news release. “Vernon helped Lumby host a game between the Edmonton Oilers and L.A. Kings at Kal Tire Place. The buzz in the region was electrifying. It’s events like these that really bring people together and show what it means to have community pride.”

In order to reach Top 4, Falkland needs supporters to log into the Kraft Hockeyville site and share photos, stories and notes. Each item collects a certain number of points. Judging to reach Top 4 will be based on the content of the stories and the number of points collected, the news release said.

To learn more about Kraft Hockeyville and to support Falkland’s nomination, visit the Kraft Hockeyville website

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