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Blues bringing big league roster to Hockeyville

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues are expected to bring a pretty strong roster to Hockeyville.

Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny, Brayden Schenn and Alex Pietrangelo are among the regulars that will likely travel with the team for the Kraft Hockeyville game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday at 7 p.m.

The game can be viewed on NBC Sports Network or on the NBC Sports App. Chris Kerber and Kelly Chase will provide play-by-play on KMOX 1120 AM,, the Blues Radio Network and on the Blues mobile app.

Kraft Hockeyville, which is in it's third season in partnering with the NHL and the NHLPA in the United States, awards $150,000 in upgrades to a community ice rink in dire need of repairs, then brings an NHL preseason game to that rink in celebration of the project's completion. This year's rink - Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, PA - saw its roof collapse nearly seven years ago due to heavy snow.

Unfortunately, the Ice Garden is not yet equipped to host Sunday's preseason game, so the event has shifted to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, PA. The complex is the official practice facility of the Penguins.

The majority of tickets for the Sunday's game are being distributed to members of the Belle Vernon community and youth hockey players from Rostraver Ice Garden, and past several days have featured hockey events and fanfare in Belle Vernon in anticipation of the game.

The Ice Garden will use the $150,000 to purchase a new compressor, floor matting for the lobby, pipes and LED lightning.

"When we brought Kraft Hockeyville to the U.S. three years ago, we set out to help improve local rinks and unite hockey communities across the country under a common interest, passion and sense of pride," said Nina Barton, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Kraft Heinz. "…We can't wait to see how Bell Vernon brings their new title to life."

Since launching in Canada in 2006, Kraft Hockeyville has donated more than $3 million in arena upgrades across Canada and the United States.

Projected Lineup at Pittsburgh

Forwards: Sam Blais, Kyle Brodziak, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jordan Kyrou, MacKenzie MacEachern, Wade Megan, Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka, Paul Stastny, Chris Thorburn, Vladimir Tarasenko, Robert Thomas

Defense: Vince Dunn, Joel Edmundson, Carl Gunnarsson, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Nate Prosser, Jake Walman

Goalies: Carter Hutton, Jordan Binnington

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