TRENTON – A high school student has encouraged hockey fans and residents in the town to support the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre in this year’s Kraft Hockeyville contest.
Kennedy Tupper has spearheaded the campaign and the opportunity for the facility to win a $250,000 renovation grant through Kraft Hockeyville.
Voters can go to krafthockeyville.ca, write a brief note, send a photo and share their memories of the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre, and how important it is for the citizens of Trenton and surrounding communities.
Tupper, who attends North Nova Education Centre, says she got the idea to submit the Trenton arena based on last year’s overall winner – O’Leary, P.E.I.
“It’s a small town and Trenton is a small town,” she said. “Our citizens are really one and I feel it would be a great opportunity for the town.”
Tupper does not compete in sports but enjoys skating at the arena.
“I skate every Sunday when they have a free skate,” she said.
Kraft Hockeyville is an annual competition sponsored by Kraft Foods, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association and provides communities with the opportunity to compete to demonstrate their commitment to the sport of ice hockey.
Four community finalists will be selected, two from the east and two from the west that have accumulated enough support to advance. Canadians at least 13 years of age decide the winner.
Tupper said she hopes the support grows from the current total of 33 notes, 21 photos or videos and 13 stories that have been shared in support of the rink on a rally meter set up for each bidding facility across the country. She said rinks like the one in Trenton can always use some extra money for enhancements and general maintenance.
“It’s been fairly good but it could be better,” she said. “You can only vote once but I go on every day to check the totals.”
Arenas placing second third and fourth in the contest each receive $25,000.
Submissions for the event started on January 1 and will end on February 11.
Judging is done until March 16, and the four finalists will be announced on March 17.
Final voting is from noon ET on March 30 to8:30 p.m. ET on March 31.
Kennedy Tupper checks Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre’s bid for top honours in this year’s Kraft Hockeyville contest. (Goodwin photo)