Baltimore is not the only non-NHL city that will see the Capitals in a preseason game next sesson.
The rabid hockey fans of Stirling-Rawdon Township in Ontario have been awarded a Sept. 14 preseason game between the Caps and the Winnipeg Jets.
The preseason matchup, which will take place in the 3,257-seat Yardmen Arena in Belleville, Ontario,, is the byproduct of the NHL’s annual Kraft Hockeyville, a competition to find some of Canada’s most enthusiastic hockey town.
“We look forward to participating in this season’s Kraft Hockeyville event in Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario.,” Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee said in a statement.
“This game represents an opportunity for NHL teams to return to their roots and give back to the communities that support them while continuing to build our great game.”
Stirling-Rawdon won the Kraft Hockeyville contest in 2012, but the original game scheduled between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets was cancelled due to the lockout.
Last September, the passionate hockey township of Stirling-Rawdon celebrated its Kraft Hockeyville contest win with a Stanley Cup parade, an NHL alumni visit and game, hockey clinics, and a $100,000 check presentation from Kraft Canada for arena upgrades and renovations to the Stirling District Recreation Centre.
“The National Hockey League is proud to conduct Kraft Hockeyville and is absolutely delighted that this unique initiative will resume in September,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
“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 preseason.”
Kraft Canada has supported hockey for more than 30 years through sponsorships and grassroots programs. Since its inception, Kraft Hockeyville partners have provided more than $1 million in arena upgrades, hockey equipment and local food bank donations.
“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 Winnipeg 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.”
Further information on the game, including ticket information and weekend events, will be provided in the months ahead.