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Wilkie loses out on Kraft Hockeyville

Despite the best efforts of Wilkie, Renous, N.B. was voted to win Kraft Hockeyville 2019. The rural maritime town wins $250,000 for arena improvements and will host a pre-season NHL game.

The towns were in the running with Rich Valley, Alta. and Saint-Polycarpe, Que. Renous’ story tells of 14-year-old Thomas Dunn, who passed in a car accident last year. He’s remembered as a great friend and athlete, and the submission for Kraft Hockeyville was in honour of him. The town plans to improve the Tom Donovan Arena with ideas like upgraded bathrooms, a girl’s change room, interior painting and new fire exit doors.

Wilkie focused on the chance to improve their arena’s stands, the ice surface glass, the washrooms and change rooms. A number of noteworthy figures vocally supported the town’s bid for Kraft Hockeyville including Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Rosemarie Falk. As a finalist, the town received $25,000 for their cause and $10,000 for equipment from the NHL Players’ Association Goals and Dreams. North Battleford native Brett Wilson is also pledging $25,000 for the town’s arena upgrades.

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