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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 8:27 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

Hockeyville clinics highlight upcoming schedule

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario – The Kraft Hockeyville celebration was only getting warmed up Sunday.

The festivities will continue Monday and Tuesday with skating clinics that will take place from 5:00-7:45 p.m. at the Sterling & District Recreation Centre. They will consist of three, 45-minute sessions and while the participants have already been chosen, they will be open for public viewing.

The clinics will feature children from ages 4-16 whose names were selected at random.

On hand for the clinics will be former Toronto Maple Leafs Gary Leeman, Dan Dauodt and Tom Fergus.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 2:18 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

NHL alums sign autographs at Hockeyville Fun Fair

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario -- Former NHL players Brad Marsh, Laurie Boschman, Mike Gaul and Jamie Allison signed autographs during the Fun Fair event in the parking lot outside the Stirling & District Recreation Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The festivities included the presentation of a $100,000 check for upgrades and renovations to the Stirling & District Recreation Centre and a $10,000 food bank donation. The Stanley Cup was on display for photographs, while fun for the kids included two bouncy castles, an accuracy game for shooting hockey balls, a slide and free Kraft products for everyone.

The musical stylings of Brian Cosbey and Friends filled the air on an afternoon in which potential rain stayed away.

"It's been a good experience for us," said Cindy Brandy, the chairperson who made the push to bring Hockeyville to the town. "I think this past week, with all the advertisement on the radio and the television stations, things improved dramatically. Hence, the crowd today."

A few thousand people are here today with the alumni game set for 7 p.m. at the recreation centre.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 12:52 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

Stanley Cup parades through Stirling-Rawdon

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario -- Hockey's most famous celebrity was on display during a parade through the center of town Sunday morning -- the Stanley Cup.

Fans of all ages lined Front Street for the 30-minute precession that was part of the town's celebration for winning the Kraft Hockeyville competition. It's tough to explain exactly what took place during the parade, so here's a rundown of some its participants.

-- A marching band

-- A fire truck

-- About 100 kids from the town's minor hockey program

-- Five John Deere tractors

-- A blues band, since the town's hockey team's nickname is the Blues

-- "The Stirling Blues Brothers," two gentlemen dressed as Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's "Blues Brothers" characters

-- A teenage boy wearing a clown wig and Alexander Mogilny Maple Leafs jersey who was pulled along by a pony

-- A man who goes by the name "Canadian Bob," who was dressed in red on a motorcycle decorated with Canadian flags and had a black Labrador in a basket resting above the back wheel

And of course, the Stanley Cup, which was the big draw for people gathered to watch the parade.

"It's pretty cool," said Todd Binnie, who was resting comfortable in a chair in his front lawn while wearing a Philadelphia Flyers jersey. "It's a small town so we don't get to see that type of stuff too often."

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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 12:31 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

Hockeyville kicks off with figure-skating clinic

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario -- A group of about 30 girls took the ice for a figure-skating clinic at the Stirling & District Recreation Centre on Sunday morning to kick off the town's Kraft Hockeyville celebration.

Canadian Olympic silver medalist Elizabeth Manley served as the instructor for the pair of 45-minute sessions. Nine-year-old Madison Myers took part as a student while her older sister Lindsay Newbury-Myers assisted Manley.

"Liz is just great to have out hear teaching these kids because she works so well with them," said Nick Myers, the proud father who was looking on with his wife, Laurie. The duo will serve as linesmen for tonight's alumni game that will feature Stirling native Rob Ray, Brad Marsh, Laurie Boschman and other former NHL players.

Nick credited the sister of Ray, Cindy Brand, the chairperson for the town's campaign, for making figure skating part of the festivities.

"I'm very grateful to her for getting the ball rolling on getting figure skaters involved," Nick said. "The support from everyone has been amazing."

There will be more clinics Monday and Tuesday with some of the NHL alumni taking part as instructors.

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