Hockey, for kids, is watching the next hockey idol in their first Team Canada experience become the face that everyone recognizes. It is deciding that your dreams, hopes and desires will emulate everything that new young star represents. Hockey is about nostalgia and romance and our community coming together for what matters. Hockey rinks are the heart of any small town. Our arena brings people together to cheer, support and foster their love for their community and their youngsters who have hockey in their hearts and ice in their veins. The adults that play on our rec hockey teams to keep themselves young and their dreams alive. The elderly that enjoy that feeling when they watch the youngsters play the sport because it reminds them of the past. It gives the kids something to work for and connect over and it cements friendships that last forever. When people have nothing else in common, they have hockey. Diversity becomes one when we all meet in Langham Centennial Arena.
This previous season was a stressful one for our rink. We were forced to delay the start of our season due to last minute mechanical problems with our arena's ice plant. We were fortunate enough to secure the necessary repairs needed for this season, however we may not be so lucky moving forward as more repairs will be needed for next season. Our arena is in desperate need of a new ice plant to keep our rink operational or we run the risk of becoming yet another arena in the area that cannot sustain artificial ice. This would leave our community, and our hockey program scrambling. In the last few years, our community has seen our young hockey numbers grow exponentially. This is a huge boost for our hockey program and we need to keep that momentum going with a new ice plant to ensure that we can have hockey ice for our players for years to come.
Saskatchewan has, for many years, been called a “have” province. This has affected smaller communities as well, causing them to grow and expand. Recently, developmental decisions have been made that allow for further growth and expansion of our bedroom community, making us ready to tie into the Saskatchewan “boom”. Having a functional hockey rink is crucial to attracting more families into calling Langham their home. Communities are stronger when they work together and we need to continue to solidify this attribute. Winning Kraft Hockeyville would bring our community closer and give our citizens renewed energy and momentum to sustain what we have and to work for better. Kraft Hockeyville will provide that enthusiasm needed to bring the entire town together and to preserve our arena and keep hockey alive and thriving in our small town. By announcing Langham as the 2017 winner of Kraft Hockeyville, our community’s pride and ownership will be on full display.