Save Pond Hockey Event - February 2022
As a result of COVID, the Stonewall and Penticton event had to be cancelled at the last minute, but for months during the planning stages, the communities were engaged and thinking about emission reduction and sustainability activities in their communities. For example, in Stonewall, the local high school worked with a local construction company to source used timber to use to build pond hockey nets for the event. In Penticton, a local “ride to the rink” was planned to promote active transportation and carpooling. In both communities, detailed event sustainability plans were developed which can be adapted for future events.
This winter Stonewall is transforming Kinsmen Lake at Quarry Park into an outdoor hockey rink for the first time ever. A group consisting of: The Town of Stonewall, R.M. of Rockwood, Randy Frykas (Outdoor Hockey Club), Stonewall Minor Hockey, Stonewall Jets Hockey Club, R.E.A.C.T., and CARHA have come together to host a Save Pond Hockey event.
The event will feature a Save Pond Hockey game with Hayley Wickenheiser and other top athletes, a shinny tournament, skills sessions and competitions, a hockey and sustainable items marketplace, family skating, beer garden, live music, and more.
“This opportunity is so energizing. We are proud of our hockey history, volunteer spirit and connection to the environment. Our location, Kinsmen Lake, is breathtaking and we look forward to sharing this with the rest of Canada!”
-Peter Bullivant, Deputy Mayor Town of Stonewall
“Nothing brings a community together like a game of pond hockey. We can’t wait to celebrate this time-honoured Canadian tradition on Kinsmen Lake next year. Kudos to the municipalities of Stonewall and Rockwood for taking steps to ensure the joy of pond hockey continues for generations to come!” – Mike Gerbis, CEO, The Delphi Group and GLOBE Series, and Chair, Leading Change Canada