Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand has lent his support to Renous’ attempt to win the $250,000 Kraft Hockeyville prize, which will be awarded after an online voting process that takes place this Friday and Saturday.
The New Brunswick community has made it to the final four of the yearly competition, which includes Rich Valley, Alberta, Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec, and Wilkie, Saskatchewan.
Congratulations to Kraft Hockeyville finalist Renous, NB. I saw that NB hockey passion during my time in Moncton and know it’s amazing! I’m rallying behind Renous to become #KraftHockeyville 2019! #KHVambassador pic.twitter.com/wcAZwJJli3
— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) March 26, 2019
Marchand, a member of the Moncton Wildcats from 2004-2006, is one of the top scorers in the National Hockey League this year, with 34 goals and 63 assists entering the last week of the season.
So his support would mean a lot to a community rallying together in memory of Thomas Dunn, who died in 2018 in a dirt bike accident. He was an avid hockey and baseball player who was only 14 when he died.
“He was a great athlete, a great friend and a great teammate,” said his mother Dawn Dunn in a video for the community’s submission. “The rink is in need of a lot of things. The girls have been getting dressed under the stairs for years and years.”
The winner will be announced March 31 with the winning community receiving $250,000 for upgrades to its community rink, the Tom Donovan Arena in the case of Renous.
To reach the final four, people across Canada were invited to submit stories about their passion for hockey and their communities.
A panel read and judged each story, which was worth 80 per cent of the community’s total score, and 20 per cent was based on “rally activity,” which included adding notes, uploading photos & videos, sharing on Twitter from the community page, and reacting to the community’s content gallery.
Renous, NB is one of the Top 4 communities in the running to become #KraftHockeyville 2019. As a community they are rallying together in memory of Thomas Dunn. Check out their story and get ready to vote (voting is unlimited) on March 29th 12:00 PM ET to March 30th 8:00 PM ET #RallyTogether
Posted by Kraft Hockeyville on Sunday, March 17, 2019