Of disparate hockey-related note this afternoon:
- According to the Cadillac News’s Rick Charmoli, Kraft and the NHLPA have given Cadillac, MI $20,000 to help the 2nd-place town in the Kraft Hockeyville USA competition to improve their facility and purchase equipment for young players:
After being named one of the four finalists this past spring, the Wex and its supporters celebrated finishing in second place for the Kraft Hockeyville USA 2019 competition by hosting a barbecue Thursday.
At the event, Shopper Marketing Analyst at The Kraft Heinz Company Emily Kosmin was in Cadillac to deliver a check for $10,000 to the facility for the second-place finish. Kraft’s Hockeyville was in its fifth year of providing finances to ice rinks across the nation through a social media nomination and polling process.
During the competition, residents of a community are asked to submit photos, videos and stories as to why their local ice rink is so important to them. It was those submissions that led to the Wex becoming a finalist.
Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau Joy Van Drie said the donation is special because it infuses dollars from outside the area into the community that will support the community. In addition to the $10,000 to be used toward the facility, the National Hockey League Players’ Association also donated $10,000 to be used toward equipment purchases for the youth hockey programs in Cadillac as part of its Goals and Dreams fund.
2. Also, in the Red Wings alumni category, Eishockeynews.de reports that former Wing and Grand Rapids Griffins forward Mitch Callahan has signed a one-year deal with the Augsburger Panther of the DEL.