West Kelowna braves cold, supports Hockeyville

West Kelowna residents headed to Shannon Lake on Saturday to ice skate and play hockey. The event was hosted by organizers for West Kelowna
West Kelowna residents headed to Shannon Lake on Saturday to ice skate and play hockey. The event was hosted by organizers for West Kelowna's Hockeyville bid.
— image credit: Douglas Farrow / Contributor

All of the winter gear was dug out of the closet on Saturday morning as the West Kelowna community made their way out to Shannon Lake to skate and play hockey the old fashioned way.

Andrew Deans, co-chair of West Kelowna's 2012 Kraft Hockeyville bid, said that there had been a fair amount of emphasis on promoting West Kelowna as Hockeyville; however, the community hadn't had many hockey events up until this point.

Saturday's event was held to showcase the community's dedication to hockey.

Members of the Westside Warriors were on hand to help promote the event.

"It's been awesome," said Max French of the Warriors.

"We've had a really good turnout so far; everyone seems like they're having a good time. It's pretty cold, but you can't complain about that on a day like this."

According to French, winning Hockeyville would mean a lot to West Kelowna.

"I think it'd be a great opportunity for all the fans in the community. All the effort we've put forward so far really shows how much everyone wants it here."

Debbie Symons brought her son and his friends out to Shannon Lake for the event.

She fully supports the community's bid to be Hockeyville.

"I think it's a good idea," said Symons.

She said she was impressed by how many people turned out to the event given the chilly weather.

The first stage of the Hockeyville competition closes on Jan. 31. Kraft Hockeyville judges will then choose 15 communities to advance to the next round.

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