The annual competition offers the winner a chance to host an NHL pre-season game, as well as $100,000 in upgrades.
Jody Stacey of Marystown is one of more than two dozen people who had nominated the Marystown rink by Friday.
“Our community has passion. We are a community who stick together and come together. Hockey plays a big role for our youth,” she wrote in her nomination.
“Every time there is a hockey event happening it benefits a lot of people — whether it be just a small tournament or a big event like the old time hockey Boston players. The members of this community will promote and make sure this event is successful and fun. We have a lot of local people who are coaches of the youth teams, and they work hard. We are proud of our hockey teams.”
Natasha Dominaux wrote that she travels 45 minutes to and from the arena four to five times a week to bring her son to hockey.
She added Marystown should be the next Kraft Hockeyville because the showing of support is amazing.
“The way everyone on the Burin Peninsula (came) together last year, and raised enough money in a very short amount of time to buy the arena a much-needed new Zamboni,” she explained.
“Tournaments that are held at the arena are always so much fun. The community young and old alike come out to cheer on and support all the teams playing. It’s always fun to talk to people from different parts of the island and to hear the older generation talk about hockey when they were young, their kids or grandkids. I don’t refer to the people I met through hockey as friends. They are my hockey family.”
The nomination process for Kraft Hockeyville 2016 began on Jan. 1 and is open until Feb. 7. The Top 10 communities will be announced on March 5, followed by the winner on April 2.
The second-place prize is $100,000 in arena upgrades, while the eight other finalists will receive $25,000 each for renovations.
To learn more about the Kraft Hockeyville contest and how to support the nominations, visit www.kvh2016.ca.