The Premier of Saskatchewan is jumping on the "Humboldt for Hockeyville" campaign....
Premier Brad Wall today encourages Saskatchewan residents and all Canadians to vote for Humboldt for the title of "Kraft Hockeyville 2009."
"Saskatchewan people are known for their extraordinary hockey spirit," Wall said. "Let's show that spirit by voting for Humboldt for Canada's 'Kraft Hockeyville 2009' and making Humboldt's dream come true. Some of the world's best hockey players come from Saskatchewan. We have the greatest fans and enjoy the best hospitality around. Now let's prove it to the rest of Canada."
Humboldt is one of five national finalists for the title. Everyone can help the city win the title by voting. Voting opened on February 28 at 10:00 p.m. and will remain open until 10:59 p.m. on March 4.
There are three ways to vote:
* Online at www.cbcsports.ca/hockeyville
* Toll-free at 1-866-533-8066
* By SMS text messaging "Vote Humboldt" to 222111. (Standard text message rates apply to messages sent and received - these rates are applied by the carrier. For more information about text message rates and plans, please contact your mobile carrier.)
If selected as "Kraft Hockeyville 2009", Humboldt will host a National Hockey League pre-season game in the Elgar Petersen Arena which CBC Hockey Night in Canada will broadcast. Humboldt will also receive $100,000 from Kraft to upgrade the arena. The runners-up will each receive $25,000 to be used for arena upgrades.
"This has been a great experience," Humboldt Mayor Malcolm Eaton said. "The excitement and enthusiasm in the community has been phenomenal as has the support from the rest of the province. It has really helped to boost community spirit. The Elgar Petersen Arena is about 25 years old. We plan to use whatever money we receive for renovations and upgrades that will make the arena a premiere facility for the next 25 years. That includes improving accessibility and energy efficiency."
For more information about "Humboldt for Hockeyville 2009," visit: www.cityofhumboldt.ca.