SYLVAN LAKE, Alberta -- Under a cloudless sky with the shore rippling ever so slightly from the wake of a handful of boats out on the shimmering water, Sylvan Lake united together, much like they had in the months leading up to Sunday, to celebrate.
After months of anticipation, 2014 Kraft Hockeyville officially arrived to the small community situated between Edmonton and Calgary.
"There's been thousands and thousands of volunteer hours put into preparing this, preparing all the celebrations for Hockeyville and if you back up, preparing all the reveal parties and voting parties," town mayor Sean McIntyre said. "We've had a team of volunteers that have been giving so selflessly and endlessly to this and we owe all of these great events, all of these celebrations, to that hard work.
"It takes all kinds … it takes all kinds and now we get to celebrate with all of them which is the biggest reward."