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Local ice arenas in final 10 of national contest

The Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in Henrietta and the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena in Geneseo, Livingston county, are two of 10 finalists vying for funds for arena upgrades from the Kraft Heinz Co.

Kraft Hockeyville USA 2017, a contest searching for America’s most passionate hockey community, is an effort of the National Hockey League, NHL Players’ Association, NBC Sports Group and USA Hockey. Nearly 1,300 rinks across the United States were nominated.

Each of the 10 finalists will be awarded funds for arena upgrades, while the grand prize winner will be awarded $150,000 and the opportunity to host a National Hockey League preseason televised game.

“It is an honor that our community has been recognized as one of the top 10 hockey communities in the U.S., with the Iceplex being the epicenter of hockey,” said Chris Woodworth, general manager of Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex.

“Rochester has a long and prestigious hockey history that includes the storied Rochester Americans; a laundry list of professional players, including Brian Gionta, Stephen Gionta, Ryan Callahan and Shane Prince; as well as our many collegiate, high school and youth hockey organizations that have deep roots in our community.”

The first of three rounds of voting to determine the winner started Tuesday. Votes can be made online at www.krafthockeyville.com, via text and via Twitter.

In round 1 of the voting, April 11 to 13, the top four communities will be chosen to move on to the next round; each of the remaining will receive $10,000 for arena upgrades.

In round 2, April 18 and 19, the top two finalists will be selected. Each of the remaining two will receive $25,000 for arena upgrades.

In round 3, April 24 and 25, one community will emerge as Kraft Hockeyville USA 2017. The runner-up will receive $75,000 in arena upgrades. The winning community will be announced on April 29.

Follow Andrea Deckert on Twitter: @andrea_deckert

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