The small B.C. community of Lumby has won the honour of being named Kraft Hockeyville 2016.
— Kraft Hockeyville (@hockeyville) April 2, 2016
The village of 1,800 won $100,000 in upgrades to its local arena and will host a NHL preseason game between the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers next season.
Mayor Kevin Acton says for his small community to win the award means the world to the volunteers.
“The place just completely erupted. The process that we’ve gone through for this has been mostly driven by volunteers so it really didn’t even come out of the Mayor’s Office but I was right there in the front of it all and it was so exciting. There was a lot of anxiety, a lot of built up anticipation over the weeks. We’ve drawn a lot of support from communities far and wide and it’s been fantastic.”
Some of the cash will go towards upgrading the girls’ change room at the rink, which Acton says is more like a closet.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 2, 2016
He was there for the big announcement and says it was a huge win for their little village.
“To be recognized nationally has been just phenomenal for us. It creates a lot of opportunities for Lumby, and it also makes Lumby feel like there’s a lot of caring people out there that like Lumby and what we stand for so it’s a real boost in the community pride.
Over three thousand entries were whittled down to Lumby and Saint Isidore, Quebec, with millions of votes eventually deciding the winner.