Kuujjuarapik Hockeyville bid falls short of final round

Winning community gets $250,000 for arena upgrades; hosts NHL pre-season game

The Samson Dick Memorial Arena, seen here, is a hub for the hockey-obsessed community of Kuujjuarapik, says local teacher Dakotah Lapierre. The community’s bid for Kraft Hockeyville 2022 fell short of the final round over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Dakotah Lapierre)

By Nunatsiaq News

Kuujjuarapik’s bid to win the Kraft Hockeyville contest has fallen short.

The final four communities were announced Saturday during the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. They are Princeton, B.C, Douro-Dummer, Ont., Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Sydney, N.S.

The communities were chosen by judges “based on their nomination stories and their ability to score additional rally points by engaging their community,” according to a news release from the National Hockey League.

The winning community will earn $250,000 in arena upgrades and will be selected to host an NHL pre-season game, while the other finalist communities each earn $25,000.

Kuujjuarapik’s bid aimed to bring upgrades and repairs to the Samson Dick Memorial Arena, which is located across community lines in neighbouring Whapmagoostui.

Hockey lovers and residents of both villages use the arena for sports and community events.

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