Businesses rally for Hockeyville

The announcement about whether Salmon Arm will be one of the 16 finalists for Hockeyville will take place in the evening of March 8

Get ready to watch hockey.

Salmon Arm residents are being encouraged to watch Hockey Night in Canada this Saturday, March 8, because that’s when the top 16 finalists in the Kraft Hockeyville contest will be announced.

“If Salmon Arm is selected, we need to get people out right away,” says Lana Fitt of the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society. “I think we only have 48 hours once the decision is made.”

The number of votes each community gets on the Kraft Hockeyville website,, determines which community moves closer to the grand prize of $100,000 toward arena upgrades – so residents are asked to vote, and to get their friends and families to vote. Fitt encourages people to ask their connections on Facebook and email to take part.

Downtown Salmon Arm encourages businesses to set up voting stations so customers can vote on Saturday night, Sunday and Monday. Ipads as well as laptops can be used to cast ballots. Downtown Salmon Arm will have business card size notices available to give to customers telling them how to vote.

Several businesses are planning Hockeyville specials and activities. Fitt suggests keeping up-to-date by checking back with the society’s website at

Also scheduled for  Hockeyville is a free public skate at Shaw Centre on Sunday, March 9, no matter the Hockeyville outcome. It will be held at the regular public skating time, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Salmon Arm Observer