Kraft Hockeyville winner Stirling-Rawdon will finally get a long-awaited taste of NHL action.
The league announced Monday the Ontario township will host a pre-season contest between the Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, after last year's Kraft Hockeyville game was postponed.
The game will be broadcast on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and will be played at Yardmen Arena in Belleville, Ont.
"The National Hockey League is proud to conduct Kraft Hockeyville and is absolutely delighted that this unique initiative will resume in September," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a release.
"I already have congratulated Stirling-Rawdon for its passion and spirit; today I applaud its patience and look forward to the excitement the community will enjoy when the Jets and Capitals take the ice in the Kraft Hockeyville game that always is a highlight of our pre-season," Bettman said.
Canada chose Stirling-Rawdon last year to host the pre-season tilt with a final vote tally of 3,986,769, when it beat out West Kelowna, B.C. (2,789,594), Amos, Que. (2,207,511), Yarmouth, N.S. (1,655,475) and Duck Lake, Sask. (903,260).
The four runner-up communities each received $25,000 for improvements to their local rinks.
For the win, Stirling-Rawdon received a cheque of $100,000 from Kraft Canada to be put toward upgrades and renovations to the Stirling District Recreation Centre, along with a game and visit from NHL alumni, hockey clinics and a Stanley Cup parade.
"The Kraft Hockeyville program is an exciting celebration of the game of hockey and the Winnipeg Jets are proud to be a part of it once again," said Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. "We look forward to facing off against our former divisional rival, the Washington Capitals, as well as visiting the community of Stirling-Rawdon in September."
It will mark the second time Winnipeg participates in the Kraft Hockeyville game. The Jets outduelled the Ottawa Senators 3-1 at Mile One Centre in St. John's in 2011.