The community-wide celebration known as “Hockey Week In Fairbanks” was recognized as the runner-up in a nationwide contest.
Organized by USA Hockey, the governing body for amateur hockey in the United States, the contest is designed to determine which communities do the best job of celebrating the sport.
“Hockey Week In Fairbanks” is organized by the Fairbanks Hockey Hall of Fame and this year ran from February 13-21.
“We’re very happy with the award,” said Hall of Fame secretary Mike MacDonald. “It’s a reflection of the tremendous support we receive from the community. Every hockey fan in Fairbanks should feel a little bit of pride in helping to earn this honor.”
“Like many other events, ‘Hockey Week’ is built on the shoulders of our terrific volunteers,” added Hall of Fame president Randy Zarnke. “We thank them all, but want to recognize Becky Williams, Anna Culley, Lisa Morrow and Tammy Scheland for their exceptional effort.
“In addition, we must mention the tremendous support we receive from Linda Ingham with the Borough’s Department of Parks & Recreation and Dave Lambert with Emerald Isle Pull Tabs.”
In conjunction with the award, the community will receive $1,000 worth of hockey equipment from Reebok.
“We want to thank USA Hockey and Reebok for this tremendous contribution to our town,” said Hall of Fame vice president Dave Teets. “That equipment will be donated to hockey programs here in Fairbanks, and we’re working with them to determine their needs.”
Plans are already underway for the 2011 edition of “Hockey Week In Fairbanks,” according Hall of Fame vice president Bill Duquette.
“We’ve got ideas to add a couple new activities,” he said. “We’re determined to make the event better every year for the enjoyment of the community. We’re also determined that one of these years, Fairbanks will win this contest!”