O'Leary, Prince Edward Island, was named winner of Kraft Hockeyville on Saturday and will host a preseason game between the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils on Sept. 25.
O'Leary beat out almost 3,000 nominations to become the 11th winner of Kraft Hockeyville, which began in Canada in 2006. Communities submitted entries as to why their town was the most passionate and should host the annual NHL preseason game.
"Kraft Hockeyville is an important initiative that keeps our game strong in communities across Canada, and we congratulate O'Leary for earning the 2017 title," said Laurie Kepron, NHL Group Vice President, Integrated Marketing. "We look forward to celebrating with this tremendous hockey community this fall at the preseason game between the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils. This marks the fourth Hockeyville appearance for the Senators, and the first for the Devils, and given the East Coast ties of both clubs, this promises to be a special event for fans in O'Leary and across P.E.I., as well as for our teams and League."
Kraft Hockeyville will have players and alumni on the participating teams available for events in the community. The Stanley Cup will also make an appearance.
Since 2006, Kraft Hockeyville has awarded $2.8 million to 73 communities across Canada and has celebrated 10 NHL preseason games in seven provinces. Last season, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2 in Lumby, British Columbia.
The NHL will announce the 10 finalists for Kraft Hockeyville USA 2017 on April 8. Fans will then be able to vote and select the winning community.