GLENDALE – The Coyotes are playing a unique preseason game today against the Calgary Flames in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.
The game is the big finish of this year’s Hockeyville event, an annual competition, sponsored by KRAFT Foods, in which communities across Canada compete to demonstrate their commitment to the sport of hockey.
Sylvan Lake beat out 15 other Canadian communities for the right to host KRAFT Hockeyville – a four-day event that began on Sunday.
The game will be played at the Sylvan Lake MultiPlex in front of 920 lucky spectators, each of whom won a ticket via a lottery system. Thousands of other fans are expected to attend a viewing party outside the rink.
The Sylvan Lake MultiPlex is located near the town’s beloved rink, whose roof collapsed in January because of mounting snow. The arena was a community hub and its demise sparked Sylvan Lake's campaign to host 2014 KRAFT Hockeyville.
"It'll be a great experience because there's a lot of us, that's the way we grew up in Canada," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "A small town, a small rink and passion about hockey no matter where you went. I think that's exactly what we'll see."
The game is being televised by NHL Network starting at 4 p.m. (AZ time).