Last day to vote for Lone Star, Minot in Kraft Hockeyville USA
April 14, 2016
Today marks the final day for fans to vote for the 10 communities who hope to be the next Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2016. Two of the 10 are home to teams in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), the Lone Star Brahmas and the NYTEX Sports Centre and the Minot Minotauros and Maysa Arena.
Last season, the Cambria County War Memorial Arena and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, home to the NAHL’s Johnstown Tomahawks, were crowned the winners of the first ever Kraft Hockeyville™ USA contest.
The Kraft Heinz search for America’s most passionate hockey community, in partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), led to more than a thousand local rink nominations across the United States.
Now that the nominations have been narrowed down to 10 finalists, the first round of public voting will begin on April 12. Kraft Heinz will award funds to each of the finalists for arena upgrades and the grand prize winner will be awarded $150,000 and the opportunity to host an NHL® Pre-Season game televised live on NBCSN.
The 10 communities advancing to the first round of public voting include:
Bridgewater Ice Arena – Bridgewater, Mass.
Lake Placid Olympic Center Arena – Lake Placid, N.Y.
Lakeview Arena – Marquette, Mich.
Rockville Ice Arena – Rockville, Md.
Twin Ponds Family Complex East – Harrisburg, Pa.
Fox Valley Ice Arena – Geneva, Ill.
MAYSA Arena – Minot Park District – Minot, N.D.
NYTEX Sports Centre – North Richland Hills, Texas
Pagel Activity Center – Minnetonka, Minn.
Rushmore Thunderdome – Rapid City, S.D.
The first of three rounds of voting to determine the Kraft HockeyvilleTM USA 2016 winner will begin on April 12. The voting schedule is as follows:
Round 1 (April 12-14) – Top four communities chosen to move on to the next round; remaining six each receive $10,000 toward arena upgrades.
Round 2 (April 19-20) – Top two finalists selected; remaining two each receive $25,000 toward arena upgrades.
Round 3 (April 25-26) – One community will emerge as “Kraft HockeyvilleTM USA” 2016; runner-up will receive $75,000 toward arena upgrades.
The grand prize winner will be announced on or around April 30 and will receive the top prize of $150,000 and the opportunity to host an NHL® Pre-Season Game broadcast on NBCSN.