The community of Wadena is getting set for a five day long event celebrating hockey and raising money for their arena.
Wadena is the site of Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan this year which will take place over a five day stretch .
Corporate Relations Director at Cameco, Jonathan Huntington was on hand during the kick off event Tuesday.
"This has been a property belonging to the Saskatchewan Hockey Association, we're just happy to be playing a role in it. We're thrilled to be coming to Wadena, it's going to be a great time."
Among the list of events is 12 different hockey games over a five day span including a neutral site contest between the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Battlefords North Stars and Notre Dame Hounds. They will have AAA midget games, both boys and girls as well as a Prairie Junior Hockey League game.
Host Committee Chair Angela Jones says their minor hockey program is flourishing so they are raising money to expand on their dressing rooms at their arena as well as making it wheel chair accessible.
"We have two different teams in a lot of our younger age groups, I think we had over 40 players on our junior novice team last year. It is a very good problem to have but it is becoming a problem, we need to expand our facilities a little bit."
Their goal is to raise $70,000 over the five days which also features a banquet with TSN's Darren Dutchyshen.
The event travels to different rural districts every year, last year it was in Carnduff, it's also been held in Waldheim, St. Walburg and other centres.
SHA General Manager Kelly McClintock is proud of the legacies they're leaving in the communities who do play host.
"I kind of liken it to home coming in a community. The community really gets behind it, they still talk about how it brought the community together for a weekend."
The event is scheduled for January 13th-17th.
More information can be found on their Facebook page titled Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan.
You can also hear much more from Huntington, Jones and McClintock below in their interviews with Bolt FM's Clark Stork below.