PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA AND CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (April 1, 2019) - Two communities in the United States and Canada were chosen as winners of the Kraft Hockeyville™ 2019 award. The winners were announced the weekend of March 30 by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
The Calumet Colosseum in Calumet, Michigan was announced as the winner of the Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2019 award by the NHL, National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) and Kraft Heinz. As the winner, the Calumet Colosseum, which opened in 1913, and is the oldest in-use indoor ice arena in the world, will have the opportunity to host an NHL Pre-Season Game. It will also be awarded $150,000 in rink upgrades, and receive $10,000 worth of new equipment from the NHLPA.
"Congratulations to Calumet Colosseum for this tremendous recognition," said Brian Jennings, NHL chief branding officer and executive vice president. "Kraft Hockeyville™ USA is a celebration that demonstrates how a local ice rink can be the nucleus of a community when it has the full support of its youth hockey players, coaches, parents and volunteers.”
The Tom Donovan Arena in Renous, New Brunswick claimed the top prize in Canada, and will have an opportunity to host an NHL exhibition game, and receive $250,000 for upgrades to the arena.
Both communities were selected in online voting from a pool of four finalists.
Eagle River Sports Arena in Eagle River, Wisconsin, was the runner-up and will receive $30,000 toward rink upgrades and $10,000 in new hockey equipment. Two other facilities, the Wexford County Civic Center in Cadillac, Michigan and Bernicks Pepsi Arena in Sartell, Minnesota will each receive $10,000 toward rink upgrades and $10,000 in new hockey equipment from the NHLPA.
Canadian runners-up Rich Valley, Alberta, Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec and Wilkie, Saskatchewan will each receive $25,000 for rink upgrades.