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Sports archive for January 10, 2013

Marsh Lake rink nets $20,000 upgrade through candy contest

A love for both chocolate and Canada’s national game has resulted in a $20,000 boost to the outdoor hockey rink in Marsh Lake.

By Marcel Vander Wier on January 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm


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ENERGY BOOST – The outdoor hockey rink in Marsh Lake is one of five in Canada that will receive a $20,000 upgrade courtesy of the Mars Play Your Part campaign. Photo by Wendy Morrison

A love for both chocolate and Canada’s national game has resulted in a $20,000 boost to the outdoor hockey rink in Marsh Lake.

The recently completed Mars Play Your Part campaign saw a total of $100,000 raised through the sale of specially-wrapped Mars bars get split five ways between five community rinks across Canada. Each rink was originally slated to receive between $5,000 and $20,000.

Marsh Lake is a town of 600 people located an hour south of Whitehorse.

“We were definitely hoping for the maximum and thought it was a good possibility,” said Wendy Morrison, manager of the Marsh Lake Community Centre, where the rink is located.

She said the funds will be used to resurface the rink’s asphalt base.

“That was our priority,” she said.

Other upgrades listed include the replacement of two doors on the dasher board system, the addition of puck board and sill plates, and two player/spectator benches.

Morrison said the village will host a community meeting Jan. 19 to discuss the rink’s upgrades, and where users’ priorities are regarding repairs. Members of the community have also donated funds to help the cause.

The funds come at a time when rink use is at its height.

Dozens of drop-in hockey games were played on the Marsh Lake rink over the holidays, said Morrison.

“Our rink is well-used and well-loved,” she told the Star. “We again saw how important this rink is to the community. I think community rinks are very important. I think a lot of hockey players could say that’s how they got their start.”

The Marsh Lake rink is used year-round. Due to frost heaves and aging, the current asphalt pad is uneven and spotted with cracks.

“It’s just rough around the edges,” Morrison said. “We are looking at resurfacing it, unless the community tells us otherwise.”

“We are thrilled to see the response from Canadians in support of these community rinks,” said Aziz Shariff, Mars Canada’s marketing manager.

Last year, Mars teamed up with the community of Grand Manan, N.B., to build a much-needed mezzanine at the town’s local arena. The initiative evolved into the Mars Play Your Part campaign.

Consumers who purchased specially-marked Mars bars and entered the PIN code found inside the wrapper on the Mars website activated a $5 contribution to the campaign.

The four other participating rinks include: Mission Leisure Centre in Mission, B.C.; Loreburn Recreation in Loreburn, Sask.; Western Fair Sports Centre in London, Ont.; and Jean-Charles-Perreault Arena in Warwick, Que.

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Jan 10, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Mount Sima should take note of this effort; had this been in Whitehorse the money would have come from COW and/or Yukon Government.


Jan 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Except in Whitehorse they’d want you to buy $35 bags of turnips instead of a couple of dollars for a chocolate bar, and you’d have to take in a little lecture on local food too.

Signed, An Indignant Chocolate Lover

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