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Jets, Capitals to play Kraft Hockeyville game

by Brian Compton

The town of Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario will be the place to be the weekend of Sept. 13.

The winner of 2013 Kraft Hockeyville learned Monday night that the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets will play a preseason game at Yardmen Arena in nearby Belleville. The preseason contest is a highlight of winning the Kraft Hockeyville competition, along with the $100,000 the town has already received from Kraft Canada to upgrade the Stirling District Recreation Centre.

"The National Hockey League is proud to conduct Kraft Hockeyville and is absolutely delighted that this unique initiative will resume in September," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "I already have congratulated Stirling-Rawdon for its passion and spirit; today I applaud its patience and look forward to the excitement the community will enjoy when the Jets and Capitals take the ice in the Kraft Hockeyville game that always is a highlight of our preseason."

Last September, the township of Stirling-Rawdon celebrated its Kraft Hockeyville victory with a Stanley Cup parade, an NHL alumni visit and game and hockey clinics.

"We look forward to participating in this season's Kraft Hockeyville event in Stirling-Rawdon, Ont.," Capitals general manager George McPhee said. "This game represents an opportunity for NHL teams to return to their roots and give back to the communities that support them while continuing to build our great game."

This will be the second time the Jets have participated in a Kraft Hockeyville game. They faced the Ottawa Senators at the Mile One Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland after nearby Conception Bay South won the event in 2011.

"The Kraft Hockeyville program is an exciting celebration of the game of hockey and the Winnipeg Jets are proud to be a part of it once again," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "We look forward to facing off against our former divisional rival, the Washington Capitals, as well as visiting the community of Stirling-Rawdon in September."

Further information on the game, including ticket information and ancillary events, will come soon.


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