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Corner Brook Kinsmen Club were kept on their toes at canteen during Hockey Day in Canada


1,800 pounds of French fries sold during two packed houses.

Over $23,000 in revenue from sales.

Needless to say, it wasn’t a normal weekend for the Kinsmen Club of Corner Brook when it comes to running the canteen at the Corner Book Civic Centre.

Colin Pilgrim, who is responsible for running the canteen for the Kinsmen with members Greg Barnes and Keith Hobbs, said his organization felt prepared for a busy weekend, but it ended up being a tad busier than he and anyone else envisioned.

Pilgrim said it was so busy that one of his Kinsmen members told him the canteen was busier during Hockey Day in Canada than it was when Corner Brook hosted the 1999 Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook.

He said 14 members of the club, with a helping hand from spouses and family members, were scurrying about for about 10 hours on Friday and Saturday, and it was a steady go trying to replenish the stock after running out of french fries on Friday and pizza on both days.

Friday night saw a sellout crowd of over 3,000 people for the NHL/Corner Brook Royals alumni game, while Saturday the Civic Centre was full for the West Coast Senior Hockey League game between the Corner Brook Royals and Stephenville Jets.

“We never envisioned it would be so crazy,” Pilgrim said Tuesday afternoon.

Members were busy throughout the day with children going nuts for popcorn and cotton candy, and he was happy to see a great weekend when he looked at the impressive sales made in a very short period of time.

It may have been a crazy time, but Pilgrim is all smiles knowing the club has a fair chunk of change that it can invest back into the community.

Corner Brook was a busy place all week with the cameras rolling and the city and its people in the spotlight from coast to coast.

According to Sportsnet, The Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada live broadcast from Corner Brook on Saturday was watched by one in four Canadians — reaching a total of 9.1 million viewers.

That impressive number involved an average minute audience of 1.23 million Canadians, which translated to a seven per cent increase over the 2017 edition and up 21 per cent from the 2016 marathon telecast.

Sportsnet was the most-watched specialty network in Canada on Saturday with an audience share of 5.3 for the day.

Hockey Day in Canada is here and gone, but it’s easy to see there was plenty of reason to think it was all worth the time and effort because so many people are better off because it happened.

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