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Community withdraws from Hockeyville; throws support behind rival that lost arena

Tim Tucker   ·   15 janvier 2020
As anyone involved in minor hockey knows, arenas are expensive. Ice rental costs can be sky high due to the money involved in building and maintaining a rink. It's the reason why a competition like Kraft Hockeyville, which gives the winning community $250,000 to go towards upgrades to their rink, is so popular. It's also why having a contender drop out of the race to support another community is such a huge gesture.

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Tyne Valley, PEI lost its hockey arena to a fire on December 29th. The community entered the Hockeyville competition in the hopes of getting some much needed funding to replace the building, which serves as much more than just a place to play hockey. It is a central focus point for the entire small district. After hearing about the loss, Jamie Munroe, a hockey dad with the Sackville Flyers Minor Hockey Association in Nova Scotia, decided he needed to take action.

"I was thinking about how they don't even have a rink now," he said in an interview Tuesday. "We have two rinks in Lower Sackville. Yes, they need upgrades, but our kids can still play there."

Munroe decided to pull Sackville's bid over the weekend, just a day after hundreds of people gathered outside the gutted Tyne Valley arena to show their support for the community's Hockeyville bid. He put the following post on his Facebook page with a video of people gathered in the space where the rink once stood.

"This is Tyne Valley, PEI. You can see their rink behind them. It has been a total loss after a fire over Christmas. They have nominated themselves to become Hockeyville too. I know alot of you have been doing alot to help Sackville become Hockeyville, but after Cooper playing against this team in PEI and me talking to one of the Hockey Dads there, who is also one of the firefighters who responded to the fire. I think Sackville as a community and the Sackville Flyers should band together with them and help them fix their rink!!! We can wait until next year to try and become Hockeyville. Let’s show the rest of Canada what Maritimers do for Maritimers!!! And what kind of cloth we are cut from here on the East Coast!!!! WHO IS WITH ME?!?!?!?"

The post led to several interviews with media outlets and many replies congratulating Munroe for his idea and his willingness to support a rival.

Adam MacLennan, one of the firefighters who responded to the blaze at the Tyne Valley arena and former manager for the community centre, said the gesture means a lot and has energized the local fundraising committee.

"It started getting traction on Facebook that night," he said. "It's amazing how hockey can bring people together in a time of need."

Source: CTV Atlantic
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