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Hockeyville Hub: Canada, Day 2

Former NHL goalie Leclaire returns to Prince Edward Island as Senators ambassador

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

Kraft Hockeyville Canada, now in its 11th year, awards one winning community in Canada a once-in-a-lifetime experience for hockey fans. This year, O'Leary, Prince Edward Island, and the O'Leary Community Sports Centre were selected as the winner after an online vote. The rink will receive $150,000 in arena upgrades, and there will be festivities, player appearances and even a visit from the Stanley Cup prior to the Ottawa Senators hosting the New Jersey Devils in a nationally televised preseason game at Credit Union Place in Summerside, PEI, on Monday (6 p.m. ET, NHLN, SN1). NHL.com Director of Editorial Shawn Roarke is in Prince Edward Island to provide all the sights, sounds, highlights and news leading up to the game:

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MacLean thrilled to see Prince Edward Island host Hockeyville

Former Panthers, Blue Jackets coach proud of people in O'Leary

by Shawn P. Roarke sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

O'LEARY, Prince Edward Island -- It was impossible to wipe the smile off Doug MacLean's face on Sunday.

MacLean, the former NHL coach and general manager and current analyst on Sportsnet, was among his people, his Islanders, on a picture-perfect fall day in The Maritimes. 

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Ice maker for Hockeyville rink in spotlight again

McBain comes out of retirement to make sure surface is perfect for celebration

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

O'LEARY, Prince Edward Island -- Hockey is the lifeblood of this small island town. For 35 years, until his retirement last year, Allan McBain was the heart that made it flow.

Every hockey town needs a central figure who makes the sport work through sheer effort and love of the game. McBain filled that role at the O'Leary Community Sports Centre from 1981-2016.

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Hockeyville Hub: Canada, Day 1

Former Devils defenseman White returns to site of memorable bantam tournament

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

Kraft Hockeyville Canada, now in its 11th year, awards one winning community in Canada a once-in-a-lifetime experience for hockey fans. This year, O'Leary, Prince Edward Island, and the O'Leary Community Sports Centre were selected as the winner after an online vote. The rink will receive $150,000 in arena upgrades, and there will be festivities, player appearances and even a visit from the Stanley Cup prior to the Ottawa Senators hosting the New Jersey Devils in a nationally televised preseason game at Credit Union Place in Summerside, PEI, on Monday (6 p.m. ET, NHLN, SN1). NHL.com Director of Editorial Shawn Roarke is in Prince Edward Island to provide all the sights, sounds, highlights and news leading up to the game:

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Prince Edward Island town ready for Hockeyville Canada spotlight

Devils-Senators preseason game Monday will be centerpiece for three days of events in O'Leary

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

O'Leary, a small community in the western reaches of Prince Edward Island, is ready for its star turn as the winner of 2017 Kraft Hockeyville Canada.

"We are going to put our little town on the map," said O'Leary resident Della Sweet, one of the five members of the committee that spearheaded the Hockeyville campaign. "I don't know if it has really sunk in yet, but this is going to go big-time for us. It's all very exciting. For a small town, this is the big show."

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O'Leary, Prince Edward Island wins Hockeyville Canada

Will host Senators-Devils preseason game on Sept. 25

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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.

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Senators, Devils to face off in Hockeyville Canada

O'Leary, Prince Edward Island will host preseason game

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NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The annual Kraft Hockeyville community competition culminated last night when O'Leary, Prince Edward Island was officially named this year's winner of Kraft Hockeyville, announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during Hockey Night in Canada. The New Jersey Devils will make their first-ever Kraft Hockeyville appearance when they face the Ottawa Senators on September 25, 2017 for an NHL® preseason game in O'Leary, P.E.I. Nearly 3,000 nominations from communities across Canada were submitted for the eleventh annual campaign.

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Oilers' top line puts on show at Kraft Hockeyville

Connor McDavid, Jordan Eberle, Milan Lucic create lasting memories for rabid fans

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VERNON, British Columbia -- Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle felt like a kid again on Sunday.

A participant at the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 festivities, Eberle responded with a performance that bodes well for the future of the Oilers' new top line with center Connor McDavid and left wing Milan Lucic.

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Oilers, Kings sense excitement at Kraft Hockeyville

Will play preseason game in Vernon, British Columbia, on Sunday

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VERNON, British Columbia -- The last time Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic played a game in Vernon, he remembers being "wowed" by the chance to play at Kal Tire Place.

Twelve years later, the roles have been reversed. Lucic is back with the Oilers for a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings as part of Kraft Hockeyville 2016 in Canada, and it's the people from Vernon that seem to be awestruck by the chance to watch Lucic and his teammates in action.

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Kings players inspire kids at Kraft Hockeyville

Brayden McNabb, Tanner Pearson deliver message that resonates with small town of Lundy, British Columbia

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

LUMBY, British Columbia -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb could relate to the kids in Lumby, the small town in the interior of British Columbia that won Kraft Hockeyville 2016 in Canada.

McNabb, 25, is from Davidson, Saskatchewan, a small farming community of a little more than 1,000 people. So when McNabb joined Kings teammate Tanner Pearson on Saturday to talk and take questions from kids and parents in Lumby, a town of 1,731, his answers carried more weight because he made the NHL after starting out in such a small town.

"It's pretty cool to see how the town gets up for an event like this because I grew up in a town with 1,000 people and the community was basically just sports, so you grow up in the rink," said McNabb, who played in Davidson until pee wee before moving to a boarding school to play.

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