Wilkie could potentially be the first Saskatchewan town to claim a Hockeyville Title.
Spearheading the Campaign is Helen Urlacher. "We were just so excited, overwhelmed and happy. Going into the competition three years now, and two out of three, actually making it to the top is over the top exciting."
In 2017, Wilkie had made the top 10 towns for Hockeyville. After being cut, the town threw their support behind Ituna, SK, who placed second in the competition after O'Leary, PEI.
In 2018, Lucan, Ontario was announced as the winner of Hockeyville, with Lafleche, SK in the top four.
In the 13 years of Hockeyville, there has never been a Saskatchewan winner and Urlacher said Wilkie wants to be the first. The community has shown a ton of support the past few months, and Urlacher believes they have a real chance of winning.
With the prize money, Wilkie would upgrade their minor hockey and visitor dressing rooms, redo their stands in the rink and replace some glass sheets in the lobby. Wilkie, along with the other top four towns, are already guaranteed $25,000.
Urlacher said there's also some prize money set aside for their up and coming hockey players in town, "An additional $10,000 is going towards minor hockey equipment. It's so amazing and I'm happy they gave this extra prize, especially towards minor hockey."
Voting starts on March 29th at 12:00PM and closes on March 30th at 8:30PM, with the winner announced shortly after. The winner of Hockeyville earns themselves $250,000 for arena upgrades, plus the chance to host an NHL Game.