September 24th, 2014 will mark a significant day for Sylvan Lake, Alberta. As the winners of Kraft Hockeyville 2014, the small town of Sylvan Lake will be hosting a nationally aired NHL preseason game between the Arizona Coyotes and the Calgary Flames. This is ginormous news for the minuscule town of only 13,015 (2013 Census).
CBC Sports will be broadcasting the came all over Canada, and you will be able to stream it live over at CBCsports.ca. The game starts is on Wednesday night. The live airtime’s in Ontario, and the east are at 7 p.m. ET on CBC-TV , and 7 p.m. local time in Manitoba and to the west. Sportsnet 360 will also carry CBC’s broadcast of the game live across Canada beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Jeff Orridge, the executive director over at CBC Sports said;
“CBC is proud to continue to support and celebrate the spirit of community and grassroots hockey across Canada with the Kraft Hockeyville broadcast from Sylvan Lake. Initiatives like Kraft Hockeyville and the Hockey Night in Canada Help Fund have long been an important part of CBC’s support of amateur and grassroots athletics at the local level, and to see the product of these efforts shared with viewers across the country is always rewarding.”
On top of the honor of having this preseason game in their hometown, Sylvan Lake will get the generous donation of $100,000 in arena upgrades . This is provided in part by the Hockey Night in Canada Help Fund, who has donated more than $163,000 to small community hockey leagues, team and organizations since the start in 2006.
To add to the fun, Ron MacLean will be the host of the Broadcast, along with a play-by-play crew of Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey. To accompany the play-by-play team is Cassie Campbell-Pascall who will be reporting from ice level. Don Cherry will join Ron MacLean during the first intermission to provide a special program of Coach’s Corner. Canadian fans can follow in on all of the action by following @hockeyville on Twitter and facebook.com/krafthockeyville.
Tune in on September 24th for this very special event!