GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo has moved on to the 2017 Kraft Hockeyville USA Semifinals. The Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena is one of four remaining rinks in the third-annual contest to determine the top hockey community in the country.
Geneseo is still alive for the grand prize that includes $150,000 in arena upgrades and a chance to host a pre-season NHL game in the fall that will be televised live on NBCSN.
ROUND 2 VOTING:
Starts: Tuesday, April 18 - 12:01 AM ET
Ends: Wednesday, April 19 - 11:59 PM ET
THREE METHODS TO VOTE:
1) Visit www.KraftHockeyville.com - follow instructions to vote (50 Times Per Day)
2) Text "IraNY" to 35350 (50 Times Per Day)
3) Visit www.KraftHockeyville.com - follow instructions to vote via Twitter (once per day)
Out of almost 1,300 local rinks across the country nominated, "The Ira" was one of 10 selected as a finalist, in partnership among Kraft Heinz, the National Hockey League, the NHL Players' Association, NBC Sports Group and USA Hockey.
Semifinal voting will be open for two days - Tuesday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 19 - at www.krafthockeyville.com. The top rinks from the East and West, respectively, will advance to next week's championship round.
Votes may be cast online and via text or Twitter. For details go to www.krafthockeyville.com.
As a semifinalist, Geneseo is guaranteed at least $25,000 in funds for arena upgrades from Kraft Heinz, with $75,000 also going to the runner-up.
The Ira is a 2,500 capacity rink that is home to the Geneseo men's ice hockey team and also to Geneseo Finger Lakes Youth Hockey, which uses more than 30 hours of ice time on a weekly basis.
Last year's winner was Marquette, Mich., and Lakeview Arena. The inaugural title in 2015 was won by Johnstown, Pa., and the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
USA Hockey teamed up with Kraft Heinz on Kraft Hockeyville™ USA to help support and raise awareness for youth hockey across the country. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were represented among the individual rinks nominated.