No Saskatchewan community has ever had the distinction of being named ” Kraft Hockeyville“, but the small town of Ituna is hoping they can get that distinction.
On Saturday night during “Hockey Night in Canada”, it was revealed the town located 135 kilometers northeast of Regina is going up O’Leary, Prince Edward Island in the final vote.
While he’s excited, Ituna Mayor Doug Scully isn’t surprised the town has made it as far as they have.
“Just because of the needs and the wants of the community,” says Scully. “We’re all working hard together to put up a new facility. Everyone has worked tirelessly fundraising.”
Scully says — in the wintertime — the rink is the heart of the community.
“It symbolizes togetherness, community,” says Scully. “It’s the hub of the community and everyone meets there in the wintertime and makes the winter go a whole lot faster.”
Ituna is now up against O’Leary, Prince Edward Island in the final vote.
The winner gets 100-thousand dollars for arena upgrades which would go towards a new roof along with having the right to host an NHL pre-season game next September.
Voting started Sunday morning and ends Monday, March 20th at 10 p.m. with the winner being announced on “Hockey Night in Canada” April 1st.
This is the 11th year of the contest.