From NY Times.com
The NHL’s annual Hockeyville game goes tonight, in which a small
Canadian town hosts a big league preseason game and gets rewarded by the
sponsor Kraft with $100,000 to improve its tiny barn and hockey
programs. The N.H.L. supplies the teams, the NHL Players’ Association
donates equipment to the town’s youth hockey program and both
contribute to local charities.
It’s a great annual event and in the sometimes cold world of pro
sports, shows a side of the NHL that keeps the league in touch with
This year’s game is in Dundas,
Ontario, a charming valley hamlet at the western tip of Lake
Ontario just northwest of Hamilton, where the Senators will play the
Dundas is technically part of the City of Hamilton, but the 24,700
residents think of themselves as an independent entity. The J.L.
Grightmire Arena, where the game will be played turns 60 in December and had been threatened with closure. It’s now
spiffed up for the occasion and residents are moving forward to make
improvements and keep the rink standing.
Dundas clearly loves this arena
this blog, hundreds of people have shared their memories through the
decades of skating there.