Calkins called on MPs to support Sylvan’s Hockeyville bid

Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins rallied support for Sylvan Lake’s Kraft Hockeyville campaign in the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon.

Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins rallied support for Sylvan Lake’s Kraft Hockeyville campaign in the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon.

He used poetry to get his point across to Members of Parliament during their session and was greeted with cheers and applause at the end of his recitation.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I rise again in this house to again talk about hockey

in a community that lies between Red Deer and Rocky

Sylvan Lake’s plight is my subject of call

Their arena collapsed under record snow fall

The old barn came down without much warning

A very close call at one in the morning

Many young children with no place to skate

No stands to cheer from, so proud and so great

A rink that is known for its great hockey camp

Producing great players, some Stanley Cup champs

Sutters and Morris to name a few,

Ranford and Iginla have skated there too

And now comes the task, not incredibly small

How to rebuild, the cost will be tall

Sylvan Lake’s spirit will not be defeated

Fundraising has started, the job can be completed

Mr. Speaker before my poem’s complete

I do need to note that with no small feat

Other towns and cities have provided support

Working together to help Sylvan Lake sport

Thanks to Eckville, Clive, Blackfalds, Leduc,

Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, and Caroline too,

Maskwacis, Bashaw, Spruce View and Innisfail,

and Rimbey a friend just down the trail,

But today I stand in support of this town

For I played too in that building fell down

What I ask for today is support from the Hill

Vote for Sylvan Lake for Kraft Hockeyville.”

To watch his performance check his YouTube video.

The riding which Calkins represents encompasses the north end of Sylvan Lake at present, but with redistribution next year, he plans to run in Red Deer-Wolf Creek which will include the Town of Sylvan Lake.