Voting for the event officially opens at 10 p.m. ET tonight as Hockey Night In Canada host Ron MacLean announced the 16 finalists live during Saturday night's broadcast, with this year's edition of the annual contest taking on an East vs. West theme.
Eight communities from Western Canada and eight communities from Eastern Canada are in the running for over $1 million in prizing, including money for arena upgrades as well as the chance to host a preseason NHL game, and they are:
Western Canada- Shaw Centre - Salmon Arm, B.C.
- Marysville Arena - Kimberly, B.C.
- Sun Bowl Arena - Osoyoos, B.C.
- Bruderheim Hockey Arena - Bruderheim, Alta.
- Akinsdale & Kinex Arena - St. Albert, Alta.
- Medican Multi-plex - Sylvan Lake, Alta.
- Credit Union iPlex - Swift Current, Sask.
- Arborg & District Arena - Arborg, Man.
Eastern Canada- Richmond Memorial Arena - Richmond, Ont.
- Leo Boivin Community Centre - Prescott, Ont.
- Beeton Community Memorial Arena - Beeton, Ont.
- South Huron Recreation Centre - Exeter, Ont.
- Aréna du Pateau - Chicoutimi, Que.
- Credit Union Centre - Kingston, N.S.
- Amherst Stadium - Amherst, N.S.
- Bedeque & Area Recreation Centre - Central Bedeque, P.E.I.
All 16 communities announced on Saturday are guaranteed at least $25,000 for arena upgrades.
The communities that survive the first round of voting, which is open now and ends on Monday at 11:59 p.m. ET, will whittle the field down to just four entries, two from the east and two from the west.
Those four communities are guaranteed $50,000, and will continue to be in the running for the overall crown, which will net the winner $100,000, plus a visit from CBC and a preseason NHL game.
Voting is simple, just go online to KraftHockeyville.ca, which is available on your computer and mobile devices.
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