Let Rostraver Ice Garden host an NHL pre-season game as Kraft Hockeyville Contest winners
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Rostraver Ice Garden won the Kraft Hockeyville contest. They were scheduled to have an NHL pre-season game played there. But, now the NHL says the arena is unfit to host a game.
While the arena is still going to get all the upgrades it won, the game is the biggest part of the prize. A few years ago, Johnstown, PA won the contest. The pre-season game attracted a lot of attention to the area. It was broadcasted on national TV - NBCSports. A pre-season hockey game on national TV!
If there was an issue with Rostraver getting the game, the NHL should have stated so before they were even entered into the contest. The NHL is 4th among the major sports in the US, but it has the most loyal hardcore fan base. The Penguins consistently have one of the highest local TV ratings for any team in the league. The NHL's decision is a slap in the face to the fans of the first franchise to win back-to-back Stanley Cups in almost two decades.
NHL, you need to host a game at the Rostraver Ice Garden. If logisitics prevents that from happening this year, then you need to re-schedule it for next season. Rostraver and one of the greatest fan base in the league deserves nothing less.
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