Bentley still a winner

Despite the loss of the Kraft Hockeyville title for 2011, the town of Bentley is still smiling.

The winner was announced on April 2, live on Hockey Night in Canada.

Bentley easily defeated Brandon, Manitoba, 242,055 votes to 77,641 to win top spot in the West recently and made it to the top five but was defeated by Conception Bay South in Newfoundland who took the winning title of Kraft Hockeyville 2011 this past weekend.

The winner was decided by phone-in votes and Angel Hand, a member of Bentley’s Hockeyville committee says, “There were a lot of people voting. People spent the whole day voting. It was fabulous. People sat there for hours voting. It’s been a really neat contest.”

Hand helped organize several voting sessions and voted many times herself. Voting was restricted to March 20 and 21, but there was no limit on the number of times anyone could vote.

This is the third year that hockey-crazy Bentley has entered the Hockeyville competition.

As one of the final five Bentley is still smiling because each finalist will receive $25,000 to upgrade its arena.

Bentley’s arena was built by volunteers in the 1960s and Bentley mayor Joan Dickau says the money will be well spent.

Kraft Hockeyville is a reality TV contest in which communities across Canada compete to demonstrate their passion and commitment to ice hockey. The final winner get’s $100,000 for their arena, a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast and an NHL pre-season game in their community.

On Feb. 16 and 17 a CBC crew visited Bentley to see how passionate the community was about hockey and Dickau said they were very impressed. Virtually the whole town turned out and there was endless hockey at all levels from peewee to the triple AAA Allan Cup contending Bentley Generals.

tsigurdson@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

RCMP offer crime prevention tips for the holiday season

Red Deer RCMP give tips so holidays aren’t marred by theft or damage

RCMP lay 34 charges in stolen vehicle operation

Red Deer RCMP arrest 13 people in four-day covert stolen vehicle operation last week

Last Christmas for Ten Thousand Villages in Red Deer

The fair trade organization will be closing its doors in the New Year

Olympic sportscaster Brian Williams says IOC too lenient on Russians

Williams was in Red Deer for a speech for Farm Credit Canada

A 37-year-old Red Deer man arrested for impaired driving

Man sustained serious injuries in two-vehicle collision

Troubled Monk releases new spirit

Troubled Spirit vodka was introduced in early December

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’

Move rolls back restrictions that keep big providers from blocking services they don’t like

Truck driver volunteers to take dog lost in B.C. back home to Alberta

Frankie, a pit bull service dog, was found wandering in the Lower Mainland

Disney buying part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion

Bountiful polygamist believed he couldn’t be prosecuted: lawyer

Winston Blackmore’s lawyer says Blackmore did not believe he could be prosecuted

Woman charged after altercation injured baby in Toronto

Charges have been laid after a four-month-old baby girl was critically injured in Toronto

Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil announces retirement

Veteran Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil spent 15 seasons with the NHL team

Trudeau’s office confirms staffer being probed over allegations

PMO confirms staffer being probed over allegations of reported “inappropriate behaviour.”

Most Read