Well done, Cochrane!

Kraft Hockeyville 2024 has selected Cochrane as one of their final top four communities competing to win the grand prize of $250,000 and the opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game.

It's all thanks to the overwhelming response from the community in the initial stage of the Kraft Hockeyville campaign, led by the SLS Centre and the Spray Lake Sawmills Recreation Park Society.

The outpouring of support displayed by posting videos, photos, and stories during the campaign demonstrated Cochrane’s commitment, passion, and spirit for both hockey and Cochrane Arena.

The next stage of the Kraft Hockeyville competition will focus on rallying the community to vote for Cochrane to win. The voting period will take place from 7 a,m, MST, Mar. 29 until 3 p.m MST, Mar. 30.

The prize funds would be used towards upgrades of Cochrane Arena, or the ‘Old Barn’ to improve dressing rooms, washrooms, and general seating.

With no immediate plans in Cochrane for another arena, it is critical that Cochrane Arena is maintained and remains operational. 

"To win Kraft Hockeyville would be amazing and would allow us to continue to come together in sport in this cherished arena," says Mayor Jeff Genung, who learned to skate there in his youth.  'Let's win this, Cochrane!”

Erin Wagner, CEO of SLS Centre and Cochrane Arena, expresses gratitude to the residents for their tireless efforts in the first stage of this competition to get Cochrane to the top four in Kraft Hockeyville.

"I look forward to seeing Cochrane showcase its unmatched community spirit in this final voting period to secure these much-needed funds for our Old Barn, Cochrane Arena,” she says.

The Cochrane Arena was built in 1974 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary.