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Sabres, Blue Jackets to play in Kraft Hockeyville USA game

Sabres, Blue Jackets to play in Kraft Hockeyville USA game
Published On: Fri, May 18
Apr 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno (82) pursues Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert (11) during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Clinton, New York, the winner of Kraft Hockeyvillea„¢ USA 2018, will host the Buffalo SabresA® and Columbus Blue JacketsA® NHL preseason game on September 25, 2018, Kraft Heinz, the National Hockey League (NHLA®) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today. The central New York historic village earned its designation as this year's most spirited hockey community in America, $150,000 in rink upgrades and the opportunity to host the NHL matchup after amassing the most votes in the online Kraft Hockeyville USAa„¢ 2018 contest.

"The Buffalo Sabres are excited to participate in this year's Kraft Hockeyvillea„¢ USA game," Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. "Playing in front of Clinton's passionate hockey community in a rink like the ones many of our players grew up skating in will be a great experience for our players. We look forward to putting on a great show for the NHL fans of Central New York."

"Our game is built on the foundation of local communities and its continued growth is a testament to the individuals and families who love and support hockey in those communities," said Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson. "Kraft Hockeyvillea„¢ USA is a wonderful celebration of hockey's grass roots and our club is thrilled to be going to Clinton, New York to play the Buffalo Sabres this September."

Clinton Arena is a staple of the local hockey community in Clinton, N.Y. After suffering a fire in 1949 and rebuilding from scratch six years later, this beloved gem has served generations of young hockey players for nearly 70 years. Cementing its history, Clinton Arena was proudly listed on the National Historic Register in 2010. While the venue still has many of its original fixtures intact today, the prize money from Kraft Hockeyvillea„¢ USA 2018 will go toward improvements to several features.

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