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Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon A Finalist for Kraft Hockeyville USA

by Pittsburgh Penguins @Penguins / Media Release

The Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon is one of two finalists in the Kraft Hockeyville USA 2017 competition.

Online voting continues through tomorrow (Tuesday, April 25), as Rostraver competes with the Bloomington Ice Garden in Bloomington, MN for the title of "Hockeyville" and $150,000 in arena upgrades. The winning rink also will host an NHL preseason game in September.

Johnstown, Pa. was the original winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA in 2015 and hosted a preseason game between the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It's exciting that Rostraver has made it to the finals, and the Penguins are supporting their efforts to be named Kraft Hockeyville USA for 2017," said Travis Williams, chief operating officer of the Penguins. "We encourage our fans to get behind Rostraver and cast their votes."

Online voting is available at

Rostraver advanced through the early rounds in competition with eastern U.S. rinks from Geneseo, NY; Falmouth, MA; Rochester, NY; and Hamden, CT. In the finals, Rostraver represents the East and Bloomington the West.

Rostraver, which served as the Penguins' training camp home in the 1970s, has rebounded and shown remarkable resilience following a roof collapse in 2010. It is home to the Mon Valley Thunder youth program; hosts high school games (Elizabeth Forward, Serra Catholic, Baldwin, Bethel Park and Belle Vernon); and also is home to the California University of Pa. men's and women's ACHA teams.

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