The people of Paradise are solidly behind the effort to form their own minor hockey association.
About 90 per cent of the more than 400 people who voted online during a one-week pool indicated their support for the association.
That didn’t surprise the group’s spokesperson Andrea Byrne.
“It didn’t surprise me, not at all,” said Byrne.
Byrne said the support is “huge” because she noted the organizing group has to draw on people within the community to form a board of directors for the association.
Work still to be done includes getting incorporated, coming up with bylaws and drawing up a constitution which is already in progress, according to Byrne.
Next on the agenda is meeting to put together the board of directors which has been called for 8:30 p.m. April 30 at the Paradise Community Centre.
After that, a formal application has to be sent to Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador within 30 days of the provincial association’s annual meeting in June in Gander.
“We got a short window of time, in all honestly,” said Byrne to have the associaton up and running for the fall of the year, “but it’s doable.”
Byrne noted people in the community tried to form an association in 2004. The support was there and everyhing else was in place but the town didn’t have its own arena at the time.
That won’t be a problem this time around as a facility, located on McNamara Drive, will have twin standard-size ice surfaces up and running for next winter.