Hockeyville contest: two NHL preseason games in the Atlantic this fall

The Indigenous Community of Elsipogtog and the Municipality of Twillingate won top honors in this national competition in 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Games will be played October 6 at the Steele Community Center in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador and October 8 at the JK Irving Center in Bouctouche, New Brunswick.

These matches had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The George Hawkins Arena in Twilingate.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Melissa Tobin

In 2020, the municipality of Twillingate, on the north coast of the island of Newfoundland, won the Kraft Hockeyville competition and received $250,000 to restore its arena.

In 2021, the Indigenous community of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick became the first Indigenous community to win this national competition. Elsipogtog also received $250,000 to renovate its arena, damaged by fire in September 2020.

The preparatory matches will be presented by these two communities. More details on the matches, their telecast and the festivities indicate that these events will be revealed shortly, organizers say.

Jamie Carpenter and Kylie Francis helped promote the Kraft Hockeyville contest for their community, Elsipogtog.

Photo: Other image bank / Guy Leblanc

Kraft Hockeyville exists to connect our communities through hockey and to help make hockey a more welcoming and accessible sport for everyone.says Adam Butler, president of Kraft Heinz Canada.

Twillingate and Elsipogtog also received $10,000 to purchase equipment for their minor hockey program from the fund Goals and Dreamsof the NHL Players Association.

Remember that the 2022 edition of the competition was won by the city of Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

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