Today’s Poll

Calling Nelsonites to vote for Civic Centre in Kraft Hockeyville contest

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
February 10th, 2021

There’s a push to going on right now to assist in keeping the Civic Centre Arena up and running, and it doesn’t involve taxpayer money.

The Nelson Civic Arena has been nominated for Kraft Hockeyville 2021 with the chance to win $250,000 to upgrade the facility.

The added incentive is the winner hosts a preseason National Hockey League game.

Voting closes 9 p.m., Sunday, February 14, 2021.

“During the Great Depression, the Nelson spirit was highlighted by the foresight to build a multi-purpose facility, including the Civic Arena, so advance that its only rivals were east of Manitoba,” said one of the posts on the Kraft Hockeyville website featuring the Nelson Civic Centre.

The Nelson link is filled with posts from members of the public sharing their reasons why Nelson should be selected the Kraft Hockeyville winner, who arrived in Nelson during the mid-60’s to play in the Civic Centre as a goalie for the Nelson Maple Leafs of the WIHL.

During the 1966-70’s, although we were housed in an Notre Dame University student residence, we called the Civic Arena our “Home”,’ McDonnell explained.

“It became a part of us and we a part of it. A beautiful and unbreakable bond. So much so it was there where I met my wife – also a university student and the coach of the figure skating club, our bond was cemented in this building of cement.”

“Following graduation and during our teaching careers, we were blessed to parent four daughters who during their formative years, enjoyed various activities from graduation ceremonies, hockey games, BC Winter Games, and the 1996 hosting of the U18 Pacific Cup,” McDonnell added.

“Talk around the supper table included Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Scott Gomez and their potential to fashion NHL careers.”

The Nelson Civic Centre was built during the Great Depression.

Organizers are asking members of the Nelson public to:

  • head on over to Nelson Civic Arena Kraft Hockeyville page and check out the growing number of heartwarming photos and stories
  • rally to the top by contributing to the rally page: whether by nomination story, sharing to Twitter, uploading photos about their Nelson Civic Arena memories and community spirit and passion, videos, emojis or notes the facility brought to them.
  • Voting closes at 9 p.m. Sunday February 14th for Nelson to generaty as rally points as possible.
  • spread the word by inviting friends, family, teammates to help out – by word of mouth, social media email, poster, video – anything and everything.

Nelson’s final score will come from two main categories: the content of nomination stories and the rally points:

  • Nomination Story Content will account for 80% of the total score.

All Rally Actions will make up the remaining 20%.  Each rally action is worth points (up to a max of 46 per person):

  • Nomination Story (10 points each – 1 per person),
  • Twitter Share (5 points per share – 1 per person)-
  • Photos/Videos (3 points each – up to 5 per person)
  • Reactions/Emojis (1 point each, up to 15 per person)
  • and Notes (1 point each – 1 per person).

The four communities in the contest generating the most nominations and rally points will advance to the finals, where the winner will be determined by vote. The three runner-up communities will be awarded runner up prizes of $25,000 each to put towards arena refurbishing and repairs.

The Civic Centre on Vernon Street has hosted various activities from graduation ceremonies, hockey games, BC Winter Games and in 1996, hosting of the U18 Pacific Cup.

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