Fernie hopes to take one step closer to $250,000 in arena upgrades this weekened.
The community is making a run in the annual Kraft Hockeyville competition, garnering support from communities across Canada along the way.
The winner receives a quarter of a million dollars to put into its local ice rink and gets to host an NHL pre-season game.
Fernie’s Memorial Arena has been closed since October’s tragedy that took the lives of three men.
The City has said it expects the facility will need significant, and costly, work before it could be reopened.
The top four Hockeyville contenders will be announced Saturday with voting to start March 30 and a winner announced March 31.
Second, third and fourth place each receive $25,000 as well.
The Kraft Hockeyville contest urges communities across Canada to express their love of the sport and their town’s commitment to it.
Hockeyville says it has awarded $2.8 million across 73 communities to local arenas.
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Hopkins)