The community of St. Adolphe will find out early Saturday evening whether they have been successful in winning the 2021 Kraft Hockeyville national title, and all the trappings that come with it.
Over the past three weeks, since they were named one of the four national finalists, among hundreds of entries nationwide, the community has been marshalling support both at home and abroad to get out the vote this weekend.
At stake is $250,000 for arena improvements and the opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game.
Win or lose on Saturday, as one of the finalists, St. Adolphe is also guaranteed $25,000 for arena improvements and $10,000 to purchase new hockey equipment, courtesy of the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Foundation.
St. Adolphe is up against the communities of Lumsden, Sask., Bobcaygeon, Ont., and the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick.
With only 1,600 people, St. Adolphe is the smallest of the four communities in the running.
Because of COVID, and the ensuing restrictions that everyone must abide by, this year’s Kraft Hockeyville is very different as the community of St. Adolphe cannot gather as one, as they would like to, to celebrate being named to the final four in the country.
This all started in February, when the ice plant at an already dark St. Adolphe Arena broke down and was in need of major repair. It set in motion the Kraft Hockeyville idea and what that much-needed quarter million dollars could do for their arena.
There is a six-person local committee driving this endeavour as they launched a social media campaign which led to their selection to the final four and the drive continues leading up to the vote this weekend.
Support for St. Adolphe has come from far and wide, including the legendary Teemu Selanne, and hockey organizations, communities and individuals across the province, not to mention politicians of all stripes lending their support, including Senator Don Plett from nearby Landmark.
Everywhere you go in St. Adolphe these days, you will see a sign, a banner or a display in support of Kraft ‘Hawkeyville.’
A reverse parade will be held tonight (Thursday), beginning at 6:00 p.m. as floats will be on display at the arena parking lot as cars will do the drive by.
It is imperative that everyone that can, vote for St. Adolphe during the 24-hour voting period this weekend.
Anyone over the age of 13 can vote. But they must register at www.krafthockeyville.ca to vote (it can be done in advance). People can vote an unlimited amount of times during the voting period.
Voting will begin online on Friday, Apr. 9, beginning at 4:00 p.m. CT until Saturday, Apr. 10 at 4:00 p.m. CT.
The winner will be announced Saturday night during the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, likely between the first and second periods.