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SEP 2017

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com September 2017 11 t SPORTS Talk space, a 13,000-square-foot ballroom and additional meet- ing space in the Ford Center and the plaza. The hotel also named its executive team, including Lexy Coley, director of opera- tions; Ken Woods, director of finance; Gayla Guyse, director of sales and marketing; Justin McNeely, director of engineer- ing; Dave Ricci, director of human resources; and Michael Salerno, the neighborhood services general manager. Each reports to the hotel's general manager, Jeff Smith. For more information, visit www.omnihotels.com/frisco. Belle Vernon Named Kraft Hockeyville USA BELLE VERNON, Pa. — The Kraft Hockeyville USA contest, in its third year of partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), awarded $150,000 in arena upgrades to the Rostraver Ice Garden. The winner also had a chance to host a televised NHL pre-season game between the Pittsburg Penguins and the St. Louis Blues Sept. 24 but the NHL recently decided to play the pre-season game in nearby Cranberry. Officials said four days of activities would be scheduled in Belle Vernon, including an audition to find a local singer to perform the national anthem. The majority of pre-season tickets to that game will be awarded to local residents and youth hockey players who use the rink. Belle Vernon was selected following weeks of online voting in 1,300 communi- ties across the country. Belle Vernon demonstrated it is the most passionate hockey com- munity in America. "After tallying millions of votes, we're thrilled to name Belle Vernon Kraft Hockeyville USA 2017," said Nina Barton, senior vice president of market- ing at Kraft Heinz. "When we brought Kraft Hockeyville to the U.S. three years ago, we set out to help improve local rinks and unite hockey communities across the country under a com- mon interest, passion and sense of pride." Belle Vernon plans to use the money to make repairs or improvements in lighting, pipes and flooring, and purchase a compressor. The Ice Garden suffered a roof collapse from heavy snow in 2010 that caused damage to a third of the struc- ture. Bloomington Ice Garden in Bloomington, Minn., will receive $75,000 for arena upgrades as this year's run- ner-up. "Community support is crucial to the growth of ►

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