Decatur selected as finalist in Hockeyville USA program

DECATUR - Decatur, Illinois has been selected as one of ten finalists in Kraft Foods' Hockeyville USA program.

Decatur's rink was one of 1,324 rinks submitted in this contest, which is being sponsored by Kraft Foods, the National Hockey League, NBC Sports Group, USA Hockey and the NHL Players' Association.  The grand prize winner will receive $150,000 in rink upgrades and will have the opportunity to host a pre-season NHL game.

As a finalist, the Decatur Civic Center is already guaranteed to receive a minimum of $20,000 in rink upgrades.  To win the grand prize, however, finalists must collect votes from the community.

Officials say the first round of public voting begins on April 13 at 11:00 p.m.  If you would like to vote, you can text "Decatur" to 35350, call (855) 255-5975, or visit  Votes can be entered 50 times per day, per person, per method.

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