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Top 5 communities revealed for Kraft Hockeyville

Saturday, 03.17.2012 / 10:56 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2012

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Top 5 communities revealed for Kraft Hockeyville
Canadian hockey fans have decided which five communities will compete for the coveted crown of Kraft Hockeyville 2012.
Canadian hockey fans have decided which five communities will compete for the coveted crown of Kraft Hockeyville 2012.

After a voting period that saw nearly 6 million votes cast from across the country, the results were announced Saturday night. The finalists that are continuing on the journey to be named Kraft Hockeyville 2012 and are vying for the opportunity to host a preseason game at a local arena, win $100,000 in arena upgrades courtesy of Kraft Canada, and enjoy a visit from CBC's Hockey Night In Canada are:

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (Atlantic, Mariners Centre); Amos, Quebec (Quebec, Complexe Sportif De Amos); Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario (Ontario, Stirling District Recreation Centre); Duck Lake, Saskatchewan (West, Beardy's Memorial Arena); West Kelowna, British Columbia (Pacific, Royal LePage Place).

"The battle for this year's Kraft Hockeyville title has been a very spirited affair. We're thrilled by the passion that Canadians have demonstrated so far and can't wait to see how they respond in this stretch run," said Jack Hewitt, Vice President of Marketing Services, Kraft Canada. "It's important for members of each community to keep up their passionate effort to gain support until the very last vote is cast."

The people of Canada will now decide which of the Top 5 communities will be named Kraft Hockeyville 2012 by voting for their favorite community via the following official voting mechanisms – online (www.krafthockeyville.ca), on your mobile device (available only via www.krafthockeyville.ca through your mobile browser) or by calling 1-866-533-8066. Canadians can vote for their favorite community once per click or call. Voting via the web and phone is unlimited.

Individuals below the age of 13 must receive parental consent prior to voting.

Canadians can begin voting immediately on Saturday at 11 p.m. ET and have until Tuesday at 11:59:59 p.m. ET to determine which of the Top 5 communities will win the Kraft Hockeyville 2012 title.

On March 31, CBC's "Hockey Night In Canada" crew will visit and broadcast live from each of the Top 5 communities. The winner of Kraft Hockeyville 2012 will be announced live that evening. The winning community will host a pre-season game this fall and receive $100,000 in arena upgrades courtesy of Kraft Canada. Four runner-up communities will each receive $25,000 for improvements to their local rinks from Kraft Canada.
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