Community pride and the love of hockey are alive and well across the country and now 10 communities, including Geneva, Illinois’ Fox Valley Ice Arena, are one step closer to being named Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2016. 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 and run through April 14. 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.
Fox Valley Ice Arena Nomination
Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Illinois is the epitome of Hockeyville. Just miles from Chicago, the current hockey epicenter of the globe, the Fox Valley Ice Arena stands in stark contrast to the skyscrapers and hustle of the concrete jungle just miles to the east. This hub of hockey of the Midwest sits nestled among golden cornfields and sporadic horse farms. From the excited energy exuded from the mites during their Sunday morning cross ice games to the raw enthusiasm and love of the game radiated by the past their prime rat hockey warriors on a weekday morning, Fox Valley Ice Arena is hockey. The rink itself is quaint, yet well maintained and modern, with its two sheets of ice and welcoming, roomy entryway. A small pro shop with a courteous staff and a snack counter radiating the aroma of hot chocolate and fresh donuts compliments the interior of the arena. More important than the donuts (which are exceptional), are the people. People are what make this rink Hockeyville. The arena is filled with warm hearted, family minded folk. A place where, regardless of your background, hockey is the spoken language. The players, the parents, the coaches, the staff, all embody what it means to be a part of the hockey culture in the USA. What it means to be a proud resident of Hockeyville, USA. As a member of the Fox Valley Ice Arena community, strike that, as a member of the Fox Valley Ice Arena family, we love our hockey. The culture, the people, and the pride. We are Hockeyville; it’s just up to Kraft to make it official.
Don’t forget to vote!!!
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.
For contest rules and complete program details, visit http://www.KraftHockeyville.com. Kraft HockeyvilleTM USA 2016 can also be found at Facebook.com/KraftHockeyvilleUSA and on Twitter (@HockeyvilleUSA). You can join the conversation using #HockeyvilleUSA. READ MORE>>