04/04/2015 09:04 EDT | Updated 06/04/2015 05:59 EDT

North Saanich Wins Kraft Hockeyville Title

North Saanich's recreation centre will receive $100,000 in arena upgrades as part of the prize

NORTH SAANICH, B.C. - A municipality on Vancouver Island has won this year's Kraft Hockeyville title.

North Saanich came in first place in the annual countrywide competition to see which community has the most passion and commitment to hockey.

The winner is chosen by popular vote from a selection of pre-approved finalists.

As part of the prize, North Saanich will host a pre-season NHL hockey game this fall between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks.

The municipality's recreation centre will also receive $100,000 in arena upgrades as part of the victory package.

The annual competition began in 2006. Last year's winner was the town of Sylvan Lake in Alberta.