The town of Lafleche was waiting for good news Saturday night, but it did not happen.
The town of Lucan, Ontario beat Lafleche and two others in the final voting to win the Kraft Hockeyville contest which means $250,000 for arena upgrades and the right to host an NHL pre-season game.
Many showed up at the rink Saturday night hoping for the announcement that they had won and become the first Saskatchewan community to win the contest in the 11 years it has being held, but when it didn’t happen, it didn’t stop people from celebrating and saying it brought the community together.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in this wild ride! From the time we found out that we were in the top four, the support we received was incredible! We put ourselves out there to be judged, we didn’t win but we came out of it as a stronger community! Thank you! pic.twitter.com/rFgBAu7rkG
— Lafleche Hockeyville 2018 (@2018Lafleche) April 1, 2018
As one of the finalists, the town, located an about hour south of Moose Jaw, still gets $25,000 for fixing up the rink
This is the second year in a row that a Saskatchewan town has been close to winning. Last year, Ituna lost out in the final vote to O’Leary, Prince Edward Island.