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Vote for Johnstown for the Kraft Hockeyville USA contest

Johnstown, PA is a top contender to win Kraft Hockeyville USA contest, so we give them a little love with a post and details on how you can help put hockey even more on the map in western Pennsylvania.


We got this letter and wanted to pass it along.

The link is here, take a second to vote and help out! Any time we can get Western PA on the map for hockey, it's a great thing.

I live in Johnstown, PA (70 miles east of Pittsburgh). I've been reading the Pensburgh blog for a few years now. I don't really post much but I view every day

The reason for my email is simple. I'm hoping that would be willing to create a post for the good of hockey in Johnstown, PA. Hell, to be honest, this could really effect hockey in western PA as a whole.

I'm not sure if you've seen or are aware of the Kraft Hockeyville contest. If you're not the short and skinny of it is this. 1 local rink in the US will win a huge prize from Kraft Foods if they are voted the #1 rink in the US.

Here is where Johnstown fits into that national contest. In the prelininary round, little old Johnstown ranked #1!!! There was an amazing grass roots effort by the local NAHL team, The Johnstown Tomahawks, and the areas youth hockey organizations to make a push to be that top seed.

The real work starts now, however. We are about to enter the voting phase of the contest and need all the help we can get.

I don't want to get too long winded (I fear my passion for this has done so already) about this but it's not about the prize money or even the publicity. It's about showing the nation how much pride Johnstown has as a hockey community. Not many people know the struggles we have gone through to keep a professional/semi-professional team in our town. If you break it down, it actually mirrors the Pens struggles pretty closely. Winning this contest would be a huge event and boost to a community that really needs it.

This goes beyond million dollar contracts, Art Ross Trophies, or even Stanley Cups. This is about the love of the game. This is about giving back to the game in the best way anyone can, by sharing the game with every kids who wants to strap on some skates and hit the ice. This opportunity is quite possibly once in a lifetime.

I really hope will be willing to help out a western PA hockey community. For Pete's sake, the rink we are talking about is the very same rink and town where they filmed SLAP SHOT!! Let me repeat that....SLAP SHOT!! The town that gave the hockey world the Hanson brothers needs a little help. Can you give us a hand? Thanks for your time!