West Lorne, Ontario is Hockeyville. The town was named the latest winner of the contest put on annually by Kraft Heinz and the NHL. Being named Kraft Hockeyville 2023 means West Lorne is going to receive $250,000 in arena upgrades, $10,000 in hockey equipment for kids as part of the NHLPA Goals and Dreams fund as well as the right to host an NHL preseason game next fall.
Details of West Lorne’s plan included using the money to add more dressing rooms to their facility to accommodate a growing hockey population, as well as a new front entrance with accessible doors and an expanded warm room for families and friends to better enjoy their experience at the arena.
Bo Horvat of the New York Islanders is from the area and posted a video to show his support for the community. He is involved in helping pay registration fees for kids in the area, which is part of the reason they have seen record numbers of young hockey players recently, and have a huge need for more dressing room space.
The other three finalists, which include Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Ste Anne, Manitoba and Saint-Anselme, Quebec will receive $25,000 for arena upgrades as well as $10,000 for youth hockey equipment. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement during Hockey Night In Canada’s broadcast.
To date, Kraft Hockeyville has awarded over $4.5MM to 93 communities across Canada for arena upgrades and hockey equipment over the past 17 years.
Darn it! I was rooting for East Lorne. Maybe next year.