EDITORIAL Hockeyville provides great memories

Thank you to the local organizers who launched the Hockeyville campaign nine months ago

It’s a bit of a cliche, but what a weekend.

From Friday night to late Sunday, festivities abounded that celebrated Lumby and the broader community of the North Okanagan.

From the long lineup to see the Stanley Cup at Oval Park to the capacity crowd watching the Oilers and Kings at Kal Tire Place, Kraft Hockeyville brought people together.

“It’s neat to look around and see all of my neighbours,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

“It’s been all about the community and families.”

And for many, memories of a lifetime have been created, especially for those young hockey players who received one-on-one guidance from NHL pros during skills camps and question and answer sessions. Beyond that, autographs and photos will remind them of the weekend the entire country took notice of Lumby.

To the NHL, NHLPA and Kraft, thank you for bringing such a spectacular event to the North Okanagan and for investing in our youth through $100,000 in upgrades to Pat Duke Memorial Arena.

But first and foremost, thank you to the local organizers who launched the Hockeyville campaign nine months ago. We are extremely proud of you and grateful for what you have achieved on our behalf.