Local rink competes to host NHL game

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – The St. Clair Shores Civic Arena opened in Sept. 1971. The Zamboni has enough miles on it to go to the moon and back. 

“It has 288,000 miles on it,” said Gina Rheaume, recreation sports manager for the city of St. Clair Shores.

Rheaume said the facility could certainly use some upgrades.

“We would like new dasher boards, new stands, a new Zamboni,” she said.

So Rheaume decided to nominate the St Clair Shores Civic Arena and her community to become the next Kraft Hockeyville USA.

Not Hockeytown, Hockeyville.

It’s a national contest in its second year. Last year, Johnstown, PA won the grand prize and hosted an NHL preseason game which aired on NBCSN, plus $150,000 in arena upgrades.

Since nominations opened Jan. 1, St. Clair Shores Civic Arena has already been nominated 32 times and is within reach of being a top ten rink nominated.

Communities are encouraged to enter by sharing unique stories about their local rink, teams, hockey spirit and passion and submitting their nominations now through March 11, 2016, at www.KraftHockeyville.com.

Ten finalists will be selected followed by three rounds of public voting:

  • Round 1 (April 12-14, 2016) – Top four communities chosen to move on to the next round; remaining six each receive $10,000 toward arena upgrades.
  • Round 2 (April 19-20, 2016) – Top two finalists selected; remaining two each receive $25,000 toward arena upgrades.
  • Round 3 (April 25-26, 2016) – One community will emerge as “Kraft HockeyvilleTM USA” 2016; runner-up will receive $75,000 toward arena upgrades.