MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - We're just eight days away from one of the biggest hockey games in Marquette history. The Kraft Hockeyville USA game will bring not only the NHL and NBC to Marquette, but also several community members out to celebrate.
"Come to think that about a week from now, we're going to have an NHL game in here,” said Andrew MacIver, Parks and Recreation Coordinator with the City of Marquette. ”That's big time stuff, we haven't had that happen here for a very long time. It's a great thing for the community and also the people that use this building."
Tickets have been drawn for the Kraft Hockeyville USA practice and game on October 4th between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres. They will announce the winners on Wednesday in the Mining Journal and on the Lakeview Facebook page.
"It's definitely exciting to see who's going to get tickets,” explained Doug Garrow, Local Chairman of the Kraft Hockeyville committee. “You look through the list and there's names you recognize and names from out of town you don't recognize, so it's people from all over the U.P. really. We've had names from Rapid River, Manistique, Sault Saint Marie, I mean people came from all over the U.P. to apply and some of them got tickets so it's exciting."
Even if you don't get tickets there are several ways you can enjoy the Hockeyville title in Marquette. Events to celebrate the big win begin Saturday October 1st and range from a 5k, to a fun fair with the Stanley Cup, and a parade down Third Street.
"Everything is going to lead up to the game and every day, I think, is going to be fun, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday," said Garrow.
City staff and community volunteers have been working tirelessly to get Lakeview Arena up to NHL standards. Their hard work culminates this week as NBC and NHL officials arrive for the game.
"The building is going to go on lockdown Friday,” explained Andrew MacIver. “We're not going to let anyone in here because we've got the NHL and NBC. They are going to be combing through the building getting ready to set up for their event because of course there are all kinds of standards we need to meet. It's going to be a surprise for everyone when they walk in here especially if they haven't been in here in the last couple of weeks."
Below is the list of events for the weekend leading up to the Kraft Hockeyville USA Game:
9am Run 4 Lakeview 5K Run/Walk at Lakeview Arena
Ticket pick-up available for winners from 9am- 1:30pm
10am Run 4 Lakeview 1 Mile Youth Race at Lakeview Arena
To register for either race view our related links tab
10:30am Post Race Celebration
5:30pm Hockeyville Red Carpet Gala
To register view our related links tab
10am Try Hockey for Free at Lakeview Arena
11am- 3pm Youth Skating Clinics by USA Hockey at Lakeview Arena
3-6pm Free Community Fun Fair at the Superior Dome
Ticket pick-up available for winners
Music by Double Trouble DJ’s
Bounce houses, slides and face painting
Special NHL alumni appearances
Kraft food samples
8am-1pm Stop Hunger Now food packing event at Marquette Senior High School
TBD NHL officials clinic at Lakeview Arena
6pm Hockeyville USA Parade down 3rd Street
6:30pm Community BBQ at Marquette Commons
10am Red carpet entrance into Lakeview Arena and Team Pregame Skates
Autograph opportunities along red carpet
1pm NHL players visit Marquette Schools
7pm Kraft Hockeyville USA 2016
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres