Kraft Hockeyville chooses Lumby, British Columbia
Town to get $100,000 in arena upgrades, will host Kings-Oilers preseason gameNHL.com @NHLdotcom
The votes have been tallied, and Lumby, British Columbia, has been named the Kraft Hockeyville in Canada-winning community.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement Saturday, live on Sportsnet.
Lumby will host a preseason game between the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 2, and will receive $100,000 to use for arena upgrades at Pat Duke Memorial Arena.
Saint-Isidore, Quebec, this year's runner-up, also will receive $100,000 for upgrades to Arena Saint-Isidore.
"The town of Lumby, British Columbia, embodies the spirit of our national game and is an incredible example of the important role the arena plays in bringing people together," said Joanna Milroy, Associate Director, Kraft Heinz.
"We know that communities build hockey and hockey builds communities and we need to invest in arenas to ensure that continues to happen.
"Over the past 10 years, we've witnessed and felt the excitement Kraft Hockeyville brings to communities coast to coast. We've watched as arena repairs and upgrades inspire fans, family and friends to unite. We are immensely proud of our established tradition of supporting grassroots hockey in Canada and the overwhelming response from Canadians as evidenced by the record-breaking number of nominations received this year."
A record 846 unique rinks were nominated this year. Of those nominations, 14 were outdoor arenas. The 832 indoor arenas nominated comprise 34 percent of all indoor arenas across Canada, which had at least one arena in every province and territory nominated.
Lumby is the second consecutive community to be honored from British Columbia and third all-time in the 10 years of Kraft Hockeyville in Canada, joining North Saanich (2015) and Terrace (2009).
The Kings and Oilers are participating in Kraft Hockeyville in Canada for the first time.
Los Angeles has qualified for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs following a one-year hiatus. Led by 2016 NHL All-Stars Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick, and forwards Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, the Kings are in search of a third championship in five seasons.
"The L.A. Kings are honored and thrilled to be selected for this tremendous annual event," said Luc Robitaille, Kings President, Business Operations. "It will provide many wonderful memories for our players and our staff, and it is yet another great addition to the many terrific events we will be planning and participating in as part of our 50th anniversary."
Edmonton boasts a youthful lineup highlighted by forward Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, as well as talented forwards Taylor Hall, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
"This is a great opportunity for the Oilers to travel to interior British Columbia, help grow the game and generate some momentum for the town of Lumby as they strive to renovate their local arena," said Bob Nicholson, Oilers Entertainment Group Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair.
Since its inception, Kraft Hockeyville has donated more than $2 million to 63 cities and towns across Canada.
Kraft Hockeyville is the ultimate grassroots and community hockey event. By supporting local rinks and community centers, and together with the NHL, NHL Players' Association and Sportsnet, Kraft connects family and friends through their passion for hockey and pride for their community.