Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Smithers is Hockeyville

Why should my hometown of Smithers BC be Hockeyville? Our website nearly says it all:
1. For a town of only 5,000, we’ve produced nine NHL players.
2. We play hockey surrounded by the most beautiful scenery on earth, yet still prefer the inside of our arena (a converted 50-year-old aircraft hanger).
3. Two words: Watson Bros.
4. We hosted the world’s highest elevation women’s hockey game.
5. We’re home to Canada’s best outdoor rink (pictured below), according to Hockey Night in Canada
6. We have real winters and can skate outside seven months of the year
7. Getting a front row seat at the Oscars is easier than getting ice time in our arena.
8. Our passion for a game is reflected in our town’s passion for community spirit and support.
9. We’re home to hockey players 4 years old and 70 years old (in Smithers you start playing in diapers and finish playing wearing diapers).
10. Even Canada Post recognizes Smithers as Hockeyville (Want proof?).

My opinion
From what I saw last year, CBC did not release the 2nd or 3rd place results. Smithers was either one of the 2. We are eager to win the title of Hockeyville this year and I feel we deserve it.
Being raised here has been a blessing. I grew up living along Lake Kathlyn, near the far shore of the lake shown in the picture above. Every winter, someone would clear off the snow from the ice and make a hockey rink. There would be a public rink at the beach area, as well as private rinks made by people who live along the lake's shores.
If we were lucky, November would provide -15 to -25 degree celsius weather with no snow, freezing the lake into one giant rink. Ever chase a puck for 100 feet or more after shooting the puck wide of the net?? That's how it was.
And it was and still is a community thing. Just lace on your skates, bring a hockey stick, and jump into the game on the fly. People here don't mind.
And this is just Lake Kathlyn. The same applies to other 3 or more lakes around Smithers and Telkwa.

-We now also have 2 public outdoor rinks in town with boards around them. It is often busy there at both of them.
-Besides the Watson Brothers, who won 2 Cups with the Flyers, Smithers has provided 7 other NHL'ers, including Dan Hamhuis.
-For a taste of our community and the beauty of the Smithers area, check out our clip.

-Smithers is in the Top 5 again this year! We are not giving up! Please vote for us to become Hockeyville!



At March 13, 2007 at 10:58 a.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

there i voted for you :D

go smithers :D or should I say hockeyville BC :D

At March 13, 2007 at 11:17 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Why thank you very much!

At March 13, 2007 at 8:12 p.m. , Blogger Rogene said...

My folks were teachers there like 3 decades ago. Was always funny to look through their high school annuals and see the Watson brothers. My mom used to tell me how Jimmy Watson would spend all his waking hours playing hockey...so much so that he would fall asleep in class, and she'd have to wake him up. She was a big Bobby Orr fan, so was torn during the Flyers-Bruins rivalry.

I was born in nearby Burns Lake, but we moved when I was 3. Great post...describes the life that could have been had we stuck around.

At March 14, 2007 at 12:53 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Ooo, yeah she must have been torn. But who liked the Broadstreet Bullies back then though? I would have preferred the Bruins.
Burns Lake, huh? Sounds like another Canucks blogger I know! Yeah, Burns had even more lakes than we do! But I'm glad I grew up here, and not there!

At March 18, 2007 at 7:50 p.m. , Blogger rebelbarbie said...

Did Smithers win Hockeyville this year? The website says it was announced March 17th, but I live in the U.S. and I can't find results online anywhere!

I was born in Smithers and a lot of my family still lives there, so of course I voted for Smithers to win.


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