Cape Cod is home to several former NHL players. Over the years, it has played host to charity hockey games, featuring retired professional athletes, aimed at raising funds for worthy causes. But to our knowledge no NHL game has ever taken place here.
That could change thanks to the fact that the Falmouth Ice Arena has been named one of the 10 finalists in this year's Kraft Hockeyville USA contest. If Falmouth comes out on top, it could win $150,000 in upgrades to the ice arena and host an NHL preseason hockey game during the 2017-18 preseason.
While winning the contest will do nothing to ease the pain that has been felt since the tragic deaths of Falmouth High School seniors Owen Higgins and James Lavin in December, it will shine a spotlight into what the pair meant to this community.
To vote in the contest, text FalmouthMA to 35350 or fill out the form at www.krafthockeyville.com. Voting for the first round of the contest ends tomorrow (Thursday) night at midnight.
Before voting ends, Shaw's Supermarket in East Falmouth, will be hosting a rally tomorrow between 4-6 pm to help publicize the contest. Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot, and WEEI will be in attendance as part of the event.
Falmouth was one of nearly 1,300 communities nominated for the contest. As one of the 10 finalists, Falmouth is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $10,000 towards arena upgrades.
If Falmouth is one of the four communities to make it to the next round (voting on April 18-19), it will receive a minimum of $25,000 in arena upgrades. The third and final round (voting April 24-25) will feature two communities with the runner-up receiving $75,000 in arena upgrades. The winning community will be announced on Saturday, April 29.