Twelve communities have reached the knockout phase in the Kraft Hockeyville 2010 contest.
Ron MacLean and Cassie Campbell-Pascall of CBC's Hockey Night In Canada revealed the dozen hockey-crazed communities during Monday's broadcast, selected from more than 12,500 submissions.
Each entrant lobbied to convey their community's exceptional spirit, originality and passion for hockey.
The 12 communities are:
|Atlantic||Tri-County, N.B.||Tri-County Complex|
|Atlantic||Bishop's Falls, N.L.||Pat O'Reilly Memorial Stadium|
|*Atlantic||Lawrencetown, N.S.||Lawrencetown Exhibition Youth Arena|
|Ontario||Alexandria||Billy Gebbie Arena|
|Ontario||Dundas||J.L. Grightmire Market Street Arena|
|Quebec||Chateauguay||Arena Leo Crepin|
|Quebec||Stanstead||Stanstead College Arena|
|*Quebec||Drummondville||Centre Marcel Dionne|
|West||Cranbrook, B.C.||Cranbrook RecPlex|
|West||Yellowknife, N.W.T.||Shorty Brown Multiplex Arena|
|*West||Blackfalds, Alta.||Blackfalds Multi-Plex|
|* denotes wild card|
Canadians can vote for their favourite community online at CBCSports.ca/hockeyville, by phone at 1-866-533-8066, or by texting "vote" + the community name to 111888. Texting is capped at 25 texts per day per mobile number at a cost of 15 cents per text.
Votes received from outside these three official mechanisms will not qualify, and sponsors retain the discretionary right to disqualify any vote deemed to be fraudulent.
CBC's Hockey Night In Canada will recap the Top 12 on March 20, and voting ends March 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Five finalists will be announced March 27 on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada, with voting resuming to determine which community will be crowned Kraft Hockeyville 2010.
On April 3, representatives from Kraft Hockeyville and Hockey Night In Canada personalities will report live from each of the Top 5 communities, and announce the winner.
The community crowned Kraft Hockeyville 2010 receives an NHL pre-season game, played in the local arena, and $100,000 in arena upgrades.
The other four finalists receive $25,000 in arena upgrades from Kraft Canada.
The previous winners were: Terrace, B.C. (2009); Roberval, Que. (2008); North Bay, Ont. (2007); and Salmon River, N.S. (2006).