Hunter recognized for Hockeyville campaign

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Town to spend money on new scoreboard for stadium

Amherst is going to spend the winnings from the Kraft Hockeyvill competition on a new clock for the stadium.

ARHS student Jordan Hunter accepts a presentation from Amherst Mayor Robert Small for his work on the Amherst Hockeyville project.

AMHERST – A new scoreboard for the Amherst Stadium is going to be end result from the town’s participation in the Kraft Hockeyville competition in March.

Mayor Robert Small said the town plans to use the $25,000 won during the competition to help finance what he hopes will be a new scoreboard over centre ice at the stadium.

“It’s something the community has told us they want so we’re going to try to make it happen,” the mayor said during town council’s April session on Monday.

The mayor made the announcement while he and council made a presentation to Amherst Regional High School student Jordan Hunter. A member of the youth town council, Hunter co-ordinated Amherst’s Hockeyville nomination and rallied volunteers behind the effort that saw the town get into the second round of the national competition before Bedeque, P.E.I. and Kingston, N.S. were named as the east’s two finalists.

“Jordan spent countless hours designing posters, attracting business sponsorship and interest and also building up a team of volunteers to help promote his vision,” the mayor said. “None of this would have happened if not for his efforts.”

The mayor said a new scoreboard is something the town has been looking at for several years. He’s not sure of the cost, but suggested it’s something the town will consider through the budget process and he’s hoping it could be one that’s located over the ice.

Hunter said he was honoured to be recognized by the town and gave credit to the thousands of people who voted for the town repeatedly during the competition.

“I just thought I’d put Amherst forward this year to see how we’d do and learn a bit from it, I never expected it to take off the way it did,” Hunter said. “I’ll definitely be nominating Amherst again so we can go all the way and host and NHL game.”

Sylvan Lake, Alta. ended up winning the national competition and, along with $100,000 for an arena upgrade, will host and NHL game in the fall.

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Organizations: Kraft Hockeyville, Amherst Regional High School, NHL

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Kingston, Sylvan Lake

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