This past spring, our community was devastated by the sudden passing of our long time arena manager Barry Wilson. In a village of 1800 people, over 1000 attended the funeral, appropriately held at the Stirling arena. Friends, family and colleagues shared memories and tears as the Stirling Blues Minor Hockey players saluted Barry during his last exit of the arena, standing proud in their Jerseys. It was at that moment the quest for Hockeyville 2012 came to fruition.
The larger population of Stirling-Rawdon is approx 5,000, and we count on the arena to keep our families together over the long winter months. Barry Wilson had begun the process of planning an addition to the Stirling arena to meet code and the growing number of kids and families in the community. Our quest to bring Hockeyville to Stirling would help make Barry’s plans a reality.
Kraft Hockeyville is looking for communities that exhibit great community spirit, and a passion for hockey with the ultimate Kraft Hockeyville prize of $100,000 and the opportunity to host an NHL game.
The theme of Stirling Hockeyville 2012 is “Play together….Stay Together”…seems fitting; we have a couple of NHL players and a scout of the Winnipeg Jets that played in our arena and still come home. The community spirit in this town keeps the kids coming back over and over. We are one community and we are proud of our heritage and plan to show the entire country that we are KRAFT Hockeyville 2012.