The waiting game begins for Hockeyville competition

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Amherst vying to be one of two regional finalists

The voting is over and the counting has begun in the next round of Kraft Hockeyville.

Beth Hargreaves-Dobson and Jordan Hunter were among those cranking out the votes in favour of the community in the Kraft Hockeyville competition. Voting wrapped up early Tuesday moring with the final four communities being announced on Saturday.

AMHERST – Jordan Hunter is looking forward to getting a little shuteye in the next few days.

Hunter and a group of volunteers have been working around the clock voting for Amherst in the Kraft Hockeyville competition. Amherst is one of 16 communities nationwide vying for the Hockeyville title and the right to host an NHL game next fall.

The final four will be announced during the Saturday’s NHL broadcast on CBC.

“It’s been a busy few days. I’ve been going on about four hours sleep,” Hunter said late Monday night as the competition was nearing its conclusion.

Hunter was optimistic Amherst would make the final 16 when he first came up with the idea of nominating the community several weeks ago. Hunter is aware of Amherst’s rich hockey tradition with the creation of the Ramblers franchise in the late 1890s and he knows how the town came together several years ago when Amherst won the right to host TSN SportsCentre.

“I knew we could do it, get to the final 16 and I believe we can go all the way,” Hunter said. “I guess what I wasn’t prepared for was the effort that goes into this and I’m so thankful for how everyone has stepped up to support us.”

Voting stations were located at town hall and also at the YMCA, while Hunter heard of others spending hours by their computers voting.  He said several businesses and government offices allowed their employees to vote.

“I believe we did everything we could to win this,” Hunter said. “Now we just have to wait and hope that we were successful.”

He also knows the competition has been fierce with seven other communities in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and P.E.I. and eight in the west competing for the two spots that will be announced on Saturday.

The four remaining communities get $50,000, while the winning community at the end gets $100,000 along with the pre-season game.

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Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: NHL, CBC, YMCA

Geographic location: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia P.E.I.

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  • Vince Kennie
    March 12, 2014 - 01:21

    Great effort by everyone involved, now we wait to find out on Saturday. We definitely have a chance.