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Three prizes of $1,000 available to support community outdoor rink operations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – February 2, 2022 – CARHA Hockey and its partner iPlayHockey are thrilled toannounce that two additional public outdoor rinks will be awarded $1,000 as part of the Keep the GameWe Love Going ODR Contest. The contest, which runs until March 11, 2022, celebrates Canada’s iconicwinter activity as well as the individuals that keep the rinks going in our communities.

“There has been an overwhelmingly positive response since launching our Keep the Game We LoveGoing ODR Contest in mid-January. We knew our rinks were important, but each submission has its ownunique story, and we have this great opportunity to learn about the people who work tirelessly at allhours to provide a safe place to skate. With the additional funds, what better way to celebrate and saythank you than growing our new initiative to give three public rinks an assist towards their operationsfor next season,” says Kristan Leach, Coordinator, Member Services and Program Development.

The popularity of outdoor skating has been on the rise over the past few years. Communities havebenefited from having rinks in backyards, neighbourhood parks, public spaces, and frozen bodies ofwater. The contest shines a light on the rich tradition of outdoor rinks and recognizes the hard work thatgoes into them. Volunteers, community members and municipal workers play an essential role inmaintaining these surfaces. For many rinks, without the dedicated team of volunteers they would ceaseto exist.

The contest is open to all communities and individuals across Canada. Submissions are accepted forpublic or private rinks, as well as volunteer or community member nominations (paid or unpaidpositions); however, the cash prize must be directed towards the 2022-2023 operation costs of apublicly accessible outdoor rink.

It’s easy to take part and get a rink involved:• Email photo and/or video submission to• Include your name, the name of the rink or the individual(s) you are nominating, and wherelocated. Feel free to share a few words about what the ODR means to you and/or about theindividual(s) you are nominating

Full contest details, as well as official rules, are available at Generalquestions may be directed to

The Keep the Game We Love Going ODR Contest is part of CARHA Hockey’s dedicated communityoutreach initiative, which launched in the summer of 2021 as The Next Stride.

For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact Becky Kolberg at BKolberg@CARHAHockey.caor 613-608-3753.###

About CARHA Hockey
CARHA Hockey is a national, not-for-profit hockey organization that is dedicated to providing programs,resources and benefits to the adult recreational and old-timers hockey market in Canada. For moreinformation, please visit

About iPlayHockey

iPlayHockey is a national, not-for-profit hockey organization that was established to facilitate the needsof coaches, camp instructors, organizers and players across Canada. For more information, please