Swift Current enters 2014 Kraft Hockeyville competition
The clock is ticking on Swift Current's race to be named Kraft Hockeyville 2014.
Swift Current was selected as one of the top 16 entries in the Hockeyville contest and is the lone Saskatchewan entry in the Western bracket with three BC communities, three Alberta locations, and one Manitoba town.
However, there is now just a short window of opportunity for Swift Current to receive enough on-line votes at http://krafthockeyville.cbc.ca/vote/index?region=west&lang=en in order to get further in the contest. While already assured $25,000 in arena upgrade funding, they are now attempting to move into the western final and remain in the hunt for the grand prize.
Voting opened last night at 10 p.m. and runs only until Monday at midnight. The number of votes an individual may cast each day is unlimited, according to the contest rules.
This initial voting period will determine the final four communities to remain in the running for the grand prize, with two selections from the East Bracket and two from the West Bracket.
Swift Current submitted an essay entitled "100 Years of Hockey...A Story of Love, Loss and Lasting Legacy" which assisted their push to reach the Round of 16. Communities reaching the top two in each bracket will receive $50,000 in arena upgrades, while the grand prize winner from the final round of 16 communities will not only win $100,000 in arena upgrades they will host a 2014-2015 NHL pre-season game and a visit from CBC.
Swift Current is trying to become the first Saskatchewan community to win the national contest and people can vote an unlimited number of times each day at krafthockeville.cbc.ca. People can also vote by phone toll free at 1-866-533-8066.