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Kraft Hockeyville 2014: Flames beat Coyotes in Sylvan Lake

The big Kraft Hockeyville game in Sylvan Lake, Alta., saw the Calgary Flames defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 in overtime.

Town north of Calgary was awarded Kraft Hockeyville 2014 in April

Hockey fans were out in full force in the Alberta town of Sylvan Lake for Kraft Hockeyville 2014. (Devin Heroux/CBC)

The big Kraft Hockeyville game in Sylvan Lake, Alta., saw the Calgary Flames defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 in overtime.

Fans from all over Alberta flocked to the town north of Calgary for the festivities.

"We're kind of in awe too because it's big city stuff and we're not a big city," said local resident Graham Parsons.

The future of hockey was not looking so rosy in January when the town's old arena collapsed under the weight of a heavy snowfall.

"I ran the rink for 30 years but I was involved with it for 40, the day that it happened it was a tough day," said Parsons.

Three months later, it was named Kraft Hockeyville 2014 and won $100,000 in upgrades in addition to the hosting rights of Wednesday’s pre-season clash.

"One of the things we really believe is communities build hockey and hockey builds communities, and this community has really demonstrated it," said Jack Hewitt, Kraft Canada's vice-president of marketing services.

CBC reporter Devin Heroux was in Sylvan Lake for the celebrations, and tweeted all about the action. 

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