EAST AURORA, N.Y.-- The East Aurora Healthy Zone Rink may be named the next Hockeyville of America.
In its first US competition, Kraft Hockeyville is looking to give a deserving rink a $150,000 upgrade and the chance to host a pre-season hockey game. Kraft started the competition in Canada in 2006 and expanded to the US this year.
After thousands of submissions, Kraft narrowed it down to 10 arenas, including our own Healthy Zone Rink. There are five rinks from the West and five rinks from the East in the competition for the grand prize.
The Healthy Zone Rink in East Aurora, NY opened up in 2008 after Buffalo hosted the first Winter Classic outdoor hockey tournament. The Aurora Hockey Association bought the NHL ice equipment and made their own outdoor rink, and has been operating seasonally ever since.