Tuesday is the final day to submit entries for Kraft Hockeyville 2012, which will bring an NHL preseason game to one lucky Canadian town, as well as $100,000 in upgrades to the local rink.
This is the sixth season of Kraft Hockeyville, and previous winners came from towns in Nova Scotia, Ontraio, British Columbia, Quebec and Newfoundland.
Applications can be submitted at www.krafthockeyville.ca
The five finalists will all receive $25,000 in upgrades to the local arena. The town that is crowned "Hockeyville 2012" will also have an HNiC broadcast, plus the NHL exhibition game and $100,000 to help improve the winning rink.
Rosthern, Sask., has been chosen as the early-bird winner as part of Kraft Hockeyville 2012. The Rosthern Minor Hockey Association will receive $10,000 in hockey equipment for being selected.
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, was named Kraft Hockeyville 2011 after earning more than 995,000 votes, and the Winnipeg Jets
defeated the Ottawa Senators
, 3-1, in nearby St. John’s at the new home of Winnipeg's AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps.
, the first Newfoundland native to win the Stanley Cup when he did so with the Detroit Red Wings
in 2008, grew up about an hour from Conception Bay South, but has family ties in the area.
"I love Hockeyville. I think it's an absolutely amazing thing," Cleary told NHL.com "Whatever small town you're from, could you imagine having an NHL game come into your town? I mean, it's amazing. I was blown away when it actually happened. An actual NHL game is going to happen in your town. For the kids to see real NHL players in a small little town, it's crazy."
Former NHL players came to Conception Bay South to hold a clinic with local kids. The Stanley Cup came to the town, as well.
Kraft Hockeyville fans across Canada the opportunity to bring a similar weekend to their hometown, but Tuesday is the last day to submit applications. Kraft Hockeyville has been a huge success in its first five seasons, and there is still time to help bring it to a town near you in 2012.