The town of Pense, just west of Regina, is hoping they can become the first Saskatchewan centre since the Kraft Hockeyville contest started in 2006 to be named the winner.
The community is hoping getting the distinction and the $250,000 first place prize that goes with it would basically pay off current fundraising efforts to replace the brine piping system in teh rink.
Graeme Crosbie is organizing a rally at the rink on Sunday from 10 until noon. He is hoping many Reginans whose kids use the ice will come out and help support the town in its bid. He says it is something that is great for the community.
“It would be huge if we could win and get those upgrades done and make sure the rink is viable for the next generation of kids coming through.” Crosbie said. “Even if we don’t, the enthusiasm I have seen in the town for this contest has been great.”
Just down the road, Moose Jaw is also looking to get the distinction of being named Hockeyville. Crosbie says despite their proximity to one another, he feels their bid won’t be deterred from Moose Jaw’s.