What seemed like a dream became reality last week for the City of Swift Current as Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada visited.
"They pitched to us the City of Swift Current an opportunity to host Hockey Day in Canada," Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault said at city council last night while reflecting on the four-day event. "It seemed to me at that time just like a Simpson's episode in getting pitched about a monorail, it seemed so far fetched and absolutely unfathomable what they were going to be bringing to our community.
"On behalf of our council of course thank you to all the volunteers, and the [Local Organizing Committee], and the City staff, and the businesses. I want to say personally thank you to Joel Darling and Robin Wall that chose Swift Current and allowed us to showcase our community... our theme was courage, but I think not just courage came across, the word community and working together. We definitely put Swift Current on the map, it's definitely one of the highlights I've had in this job and role as mayor."
While reviewing the festivities, Perrault noted that Thursday night's banquet dinner may have been the largest meal ever served in the City's history with over 900 people in attendance.
"That's the largest dinner ever hosted in Swift Current history, as far as we're aware of," he said. "I've spoken to some of my older friends and some older residents and there is nothing that they can think that even come close."
According to Roger's Sportsnet 9.6 million people tuned into Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday, or 1 in every 4 Canadians.