Calumet Colosseum’s Kraft Hockeyville win means more than hosting an NHL preseason game’s Peter Curi spoke with the spokesman for the Calumet Colosseum, which won this year’s Kraft Hockeyville USA competition.

The small arena in the Keweenaw Peninsula earned a $150,000 prize from Kraft, affording the rink extensive renovations. The rink will also host an exhibition game between the Red Wings and St. Louis Blues on September 26th:

“Well short term, the community is going to get national coverage like the community has never seen before,” said John Carroll, Spokesman, Calumet Colosseum. “Long term winning an award like this, with the kind of improvements we’re making here in the building, in the future when teams come up here from downstate to play us, they’re going to enjoy the benefits of all of the work we have put into the building,” said Carroll. “The new ice plants, sound system, heaters, and everything that goes along with that. It’ll be an incredible facility.”

The prize money will not cover all the Colosseum’s expenses. So they need your help.

“We’re making a lot of improvements to the building and it’s more than a hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), it’s more than what we won from Kraft, and that’s why we’re doing the fundraising, that’s why we have the merchandise and that’s why we’re selling the raffle tickets and the prize is a fifteen-thousand dollar ($15,000) gift certificate for John Deere products and the winner can pick up whatever they want. But all the money that we raise from the merchandise, all the money we raise from the raffle tickets, all of that goes right back to the Colosseum,” said Carroll.

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