BY TREENA MIELKE
The enthusiasm generated by Sylvan Lake being one of the final two communities in the Kraft Hockeyville contest seems to be unparalleled, but already plans are in the works for an even bigger celebration.
And, whether Sylvan Lake wins the coveted Hockeyville crown or comes in second, the Spirit of Sylvan Hockeyville committee that has propelled the community ahead so far, has no intention of slowing down.
Following a presentation by committee member Steve Dills, council, at its March 24 meeting, unanimously agreed to support the committee to make this final celebration the best ever.
“I rise tonight to speak on behalf of the Spirit of Sylvan Hockeyville committee and say how proud we are of all our volunteers, all of our residents and our friends and supporters from coast-to-coast-to-coast who helped propel us into the top two in the Kraft Hockeyville competition,” said Dills.
Dills went on to say that the committee’s tasks are far from over.
“We’re now challenged to put on a spectacular celebration on Sat., April 5 in conjunction with the final announcement of Hockeyville 2014.”
During his presentation, which was followed by a round of applause from council and those in the gallery, Dills requested the town to partner with the committee.
“We’d like to use the multiplex for a massive demonstration of support — something that will also be broadcast live during Hockey Night in Canada that evening. We’re also planning a people parade.”
Council agreed to contribute $5,000 to the celebration as well as provide the use of the multiplex.
“Hockeyville has touched every corner of this community. It is good to take this opportunity to partner with them (the committee). It has helped unite us as a community, said Mayor Sean McIntyre.