City awaits vote results

Just keep clicking Lana Fitt helps De-Anna Mitchell record her vote in the Kraft Hockeyville competition at the Shaw Centre. - James Murray/Observer
Just keep clicking Lana Fitt helps De-Anna Mitchell record her vote in the Kraft Hockeyville competition at the Shaw Centre.
— image credit: James Murray/Observer

The die is cast, all the frantic mouse clicking and telephone calling is over.

Salmon Arm, and the other 15 communities who made the cut in the first round of the Kraft Hockeyville contest, must now wait and see.

Come Saturday, March 15, the top four communities will be announced in the race to win the grand prize of the Kraft Hockeyville 2014 title, $100,000 for arena upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL game. The grand prize winner will also be featured on a CBC-TV broadcast related to the game.

Lana Fitt, manager at Salmon Arm Economic Development, which helped spearhead the Hockeyville nomination, says she’s optimistic that Salmon Arm may move into the top 4.

All communities which made it into the top 16 in the contest had 48 hours beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8 to register as many votes as possible.

Sunday at the Shaw Centre, where a voting station was set up, people didn’t need encouragement.

“We thought our role would be to tell people to vote, but what we were hearing so much of, people were voting on their cell phones all morning, or were sitting at the rink watching their kids play and voting on iPads,” Fitt says, noting that everyone seems to have a story about friends and relatives living in other places being encouraged to vote for Salmon Arm.

Monday, Fitt’s office heard from Dorothy Argent and Neils Christiansen, Kyle Dearing and Cheryl and Jim Niemi who were on vacation.

“They are sitting on the beach in Costa Rica voting – they all have their iPads out,” she laughed.

No matter what happens March 15, Salmon Arm is still a winner.

As well as being chosen one of the top 16 in Canada based on all the community input that was uploaded onto the Hockeyville website by Feb. 9, Salmon Arm will receive a minimum of $25,000.

According to the Hockeyville website rules at

• The community which comes in second place, based upon the results at the end of the third audience voting period (which runs March 22 to 24), will receive $100,000 to upgrade their arena;

• The communities which come in third and fourth place, based upon the results at the end of the second audience voting period (March 15 to 17) will each receive $50,000 to upgrade their arenas; and

• all entries placing fifth to 16th, based upon the results at the end of the first audience voting period (which ended Monday, March 10), will each receive $25,000 for upgrades to their arenas.

The rules stipulate that “the odds of winning a secondary prize are directly related to the number of entrants, the application of competition judging criteria by the in-house panel and the number of audience votes.”

The grand prize will be announced on CBC TV’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on April 5.


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