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Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Kraft Hockeyville a magical experience for Dundas

Wednesday, 09.29.2010 / 12:32 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Magalie Lafrenière - NHL.com Staff Writer

Dundas residents weren't going to let a little bit of rain, or even lots of rain, stop them from enjoying the crowning moment of Kraft Hockeyville 2010, a game Tuesday night between the Buffalo Sabres and the Ottawa Senators in their very own J.L. Grightmire Arena.

"We got here around 6 a.m.," two young Dundasians told NHL.com -- they preferred to remain nameless as they had probably skipped school the morning of the game. "It was definitely worth it, I'll catch pneumonia for the Sabres."

Hundreds came out to greet the Sabres and the Senators upon their arrival and thousands returned to the pre-game pep rally. While the rain became heavier by game time, several hundred still weathered the storm to catch the action on the big screen. Most of those that remained were families, whose kids were not going to let their parents drag them away from this special event.

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Second time around for many Sabres, Senators

Tuesday, 09.28.2010 / 3:36 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Magalie Lafrenière - NHL.com Staff Writer

DUNDAS, Ont. -- Kraft Hockeyville is a familiar experience for the Buffalo Sabres and the Ottawa Senators, but that doesn't mean it's any less special this time around.

The Senators played in the first edition back in 2006 in Salmon River, Nova Scotia, while the Sabres were in Roberval, Quebec, just two years ago

"It's fun to be out there. I was fortunate to play in Roberval too," said Sabres right wing Jason Pominville. "I see myself as a kid, to be able to see two NHL teams come to my city and play a game would be pretty cool and pretty neat. It's always fun to give back and I think this is a great way of doing it. It will be an interesting game as well."

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NHL's ice men help make Dundas rink right

Tuesday, 09.28.2010 / 10:30 AM / Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Magalie Lafrenière - NHL.com Staff Writer

DUNDAS, Ont. -- It's safe to say that Don Moffatt will be missed at J.L Grightmire Arena when Kraft Hockeyville 2010 concludes Tuesday night.

Moffatt, who is the NHL's facilities operations supervisor, has made some fast friends at the rink in Dundas, site of the Kraft Hockeyville game between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators Tuesday night (7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, U.S., TSN).

Moffat has an easy rapport with the local ice crew says Joe Kennedy, the facilities operator at the J.L. Grightmire Arena. Kennedy has been busy learning everything he possibly can from Moffatt.

"Don Moffatt has been great," Kennedy said. "He's like a buddy now, he's like a brother. We were working on the benches and he was right there with me, working the whole time, cutting the rubber down and getting things all ready for the players. I won't ever forget this."

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NHL alumni make kids smile at Kraft Hockeyville

Monday, 09.27.2010 / 6:51 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Magalie Lafrenière - NHL.com Staff Writer

DUNDAS, Ontario -- Monday in Kraft Hockeyville was all about putting smiles on kids' faces. The four NHL alumni members representing the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres -- Dave Andreychuk, Brad Marsh, Danny Gare and Shawn McEachern -- visited the local Dundas elementary schools and McMaster Children's hospital.

"It's always nice to have an opportunity to go into and talk to somebody and say, 'Hey' and give them a picture with a former NHL player or with Peter Puck or Sabretooth," said Gare, who was a 50-goal scorer with the Sabres. "It makes you feel pretty special."

The day started off early with the schools visits. The alumni paired up in twos, brought along a mascot and entered the school gyms to the screams of kids all decked out in yellow "Dundas is Hockeyville" jerseys with Stompin' Tom Connors' "The Good Old Hockey Game" playing in the background.
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Stanley Cup Jamboree part of beautiful day in Dundas

Sunday, 09.26.2010 / 8:12 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Magalie Lafrenière - NHL.com Staff Writer

There was a sprinkling of snow on the ground in Dundas on Saturday evening and there were a few who feared the weather could potentially damper the spirits of those attending Sunday’s Stanley Cup Jamboree. Mother Nature, however, had other plans for the community, and thousands came out to participate in the sun-filled events.

With the beautiful Niagara escarpment in the background, the Dundas Driving Park played host to former NHL players, NHL skills games, Kraft food stations and, of course, the guest of honor -- the Stanley Cup.

Hamilton city councilor Russ Powers, who represents Dundas, was more than thrilled.
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NHL alumni give back to kids of Dundas at clinic

Sunday, 09.26.2010 / 5:52 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Magalie Lafrenière - NHL.com Staff Writer

Four former NHL players re-lived their minor hockey days Sunday morning during Kraft Hockeyville, showing up at the J.L. Grightmire Arena bright and early to give hockey clinics to kids of the Dundas Minor Hockey Association.

"They were excited," said Buffalo Sabres’ alumnus Dave Andreychuk, who was joined by Brad Marsh, Danny Gare and Shawn McEachern. "Especially when you think it’s Sunday morning at 8 a.m., they were all excited."

Joshua Hagen was so excited that his mother, Jennifer Hagen, had trouble getting him to bed Saturday night.

"He was up probably at about 5:30 a.m.," Hagen said. "We came here last night to just to peek in the windows to see what it looked like and as soon as he saw the scoreboard that had been changed and updated with the Sabres and Senators logos, he was jumping for joy. It was like Christmas for him."
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Andreychuk excited to get foundation involved

Saturday, 09.25.2010 / 11:33 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Magalie Lafrenière - NHL.com Staff Writer

When a young Dave Andreychuk was riding his bike in the Dundas Driving Park all those years ago, he probably never imagined he'd back there Sunday signing autographs with the Stanley Cup as part of the Kraft Hockeyville celebration.

Andreychuk actually grew up in Hamilton, then a separate city to that of Dundas, but he was nonetheless close enough for family excursions. So when the former Stanley Cup champion learned Dundas had won this year's Kraft Hockeyville competition, he knew he wanted to be part of it.

"I was contacted even before we knew alumni were going there," said Andreychuk, who played with the Sabres from 1982 to 1993. "I was asked, would I be involved in it, would my foundation be in it? It was a pretty quick yes."
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Kraft Hockeyville set for fifth game

Friday, 09.24.2010 / 5:54 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Since it began in 2006, the Kraft Hockeyville competition has become one of the exciting events in Canada. Small towns from across the country vie for that special night when two NHL teams visit, play an exhibition games and provide memories that last a lifetime.

With the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres set to put on a show for the people of Dundas, Ontario on Tuesday night, NHL.com looks back at the previous four events leading up to what promises to be an exciting weekend:

2006 -- After more than 450 initial entries, the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville game was played in Salmon River, Nova Scotia. The Montreal Canadiens cruised past the Ottawa Senators in a 7-3 victory at Colchester Legion Stadium. Along with hosting the game, the town of Salmon River also received $10,000 worth of hockey equipment and $50,000 in arena upgrades.
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A look at the towns of Kraft Hockeyville

Friday, 09.24.2010 / 5:51 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Magalie Lafrenière - NHL.com Staff Writer

With Dundas, Ontario ready to be Kraft Hockeyville in 2010 Tuesday, NHL.com takes a quick look back at the communities that have helped put Kraft Hockeyville all over Canada's map.
 
2006: Salmon River, Nova Scotia
 
Salmon River, Nova Scotia, an unincorporated community near Truro, Nova Scotia was crowned the Kraft Hockeyville champion on June 11, 2006. The announcement was late compared to previous years, but then again, Hockeyville was in its first year and it was only launched in January. In all, 50 communities entered and in the final round Salmon River upset Smithers, British Columbia, Airdrie, Alberta and Barry's Bay, Ontario.
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Kraft Hockeyville a legacy of longtime resident

Wednesday, 09.22.2010 / 10:48 AM / Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Magalie Lafrenière - NHL.com Staff Writer

When the call came to submit letters and stories to support Dundas, Ontario's bid for Kraft Hockeyville 2010, Jennifer Wilson felt bound to write about her father George Graham's love of hockey and his involvement in officiating.

"Dundas has always been in my heart and knowing how much my Dad gave for the Dundas Officials Association, which he created, and knowing how much he gave to Dundas as a whole," Wilson wrote. "He loved Dundas. He had such a love for it that I felt almost compelled to write about him."
 
Wilson's letter stood out and was so moving that in combination with the passion and efforts of the community, Dundas was named as a top-12 contender, and ultimately was voted as Kraft Hockeyville 2010.

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