Sylvan Lake in final four of Kraft Hockeyville contest

And then there were four.

And then there were four.

Sylvan Lakers gathered at H.J. Cody School Saturday for free food and the Calgary Flames game broadcast on a screen. Eagerly, they awaited the second period intermission announcement if they would get a little help building a new rink.

When the announcement came through that Sylvan Lake had made into the final four of the Kraft Hockeyville contest, town councillor Graham Parsons and many others rejoiced at the fact their town had made it through to the final four, and now has $50,000 towards the project. If they make it to the final they get $100,000 towards the project.

“We knew we had a good shot at it just because of the awareness of it,” said Parsons. “Wherever we’ve been people have been talking about it and how much they have voted.”

The roof of the Sylvan Lake Arena collapsed in January, leaving a hole in the community. They have rallied around the bid to help them build a new rink.

Parsons said he’s heard from people who have voted thousands of times, including a family that claims to have voted 16,000 times combined.

The councillor and president of the Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp and Development centre was at a novice hockey game Sunday morning.

“I was walking through the stands and everybody had a cellphone and they were voting during the game,” said Parsons.

Sylvan Lake is going head to head with Salmon Arm, British Columbia for the chance at $100,0000. Parsons said he hopes this means more people in Alberta will throw their support behind the Sylvan Lake project.

Out of the western bracket the town with the most votes goes on to a final against the eastern projects, this time it is down to rinks in either Kingston, Nova Scotia, or Bedeque, Prince Edward Island.

People have until the end of Monday to cast their vote. People can vote as many times as they want and can do so by visiting or by phoning 1-866-533-8066.

The winner of the last two in the west bracket will be announced this coming Saturday during the CBC’s broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada.

Just Posted

WATCH: Rappelling down Red Deer’s Stantec Building a thrilling, scary experience

Advocate reporter chronicles his trip down the 13-storey buildling

Red Deer raises $60,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation

27 brave residents rappell down Stantec Building

People hurt in rollover near Red Deer

Occupants of a vehicle that rolled south of Hwy 11A were airlifted… Continue reading

Eager-beaver cannabis entrepreneurs already waiting outside Red Deer City Hall

Appications will be accepted on a first-come basis starting on Tuesday

Like father like son: Red Deer area Dreeshen family dedicates life to public service

There are three jobs that could be considered the Dreeshen family business:… Continue reading

WATCH: Gazebo groundbreaking in Waskasoo

Fifty per cent of the $100,000 project is funded by a provincial government grant

Woman killed in collision near Olds

A woman is dead after a collision west of Olds Saturday afternoon.… Continue reading

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1,000 as B.C. wildfires rage on

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Officials in British Columbia’s Okanagan region hope that fire… Continue reading

Survivors recount deadly Missouri duck boat sinking

BRANSON, Mo. — “Grab the baby!” Those were the last words Tia… Continue reading

HMCS St. John’s to return to Halifax after six-month deployment overseas

HALIFAX — The countdown is on for the homecoming of a Halifax-class… Continue reading

Trump says lawyer taping him may be ‘illegal’

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The Latest on President Donald Trump and his onetime… Continue reading

Spieth part of 3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jordan Spieth has a share of the lead in… Continue reading

WWII hero’s lost Purple Heart returned to his family

NEW YORK — A lost Purple Heart medal has been returned to… Continue reading

California girl, 2, accidentally shot and killed by boy, 4

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month