April 14, 2021 | by: Eric Payne

Hockeyville provides community a much needed distraction

Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick is celebrating a big win after a tragic week.

The community won the Kraft Hockeyville contest on Saturday, earning $250,000 toward rebuilding the Chief Young Eagle Arena, and the chance to host an NHL exhibition game.

The community has been without its arena since September when a fire left the building inoperable.

Band councillor Ruth Levi said the community was ecstatic after finding out it had won the competition.

“We were overjoyed and in shock, we were grateful, grateful for the support,” she said. “If it wasn’t for the support of Canada, we wouldn’t have been able to do this.”

Only a limited number of people could gather inside the community centre for the announcement due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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~Eric

Source: CBC.ca

Photo Cred: Kylie Francis