Time to vote for Canada's hockey town

In support of Stirling's drive to win CBC's Kraft Hockeyville in Canada 2012 contest, 20 teams...

In support of Stirling's drive to win CBC's Kraft Hockeyville in Canada 2012 contest, 20 teams played pond hockey from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Mill Pond in Stirling, Ont. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. (JEROME LESSARD/QMI AGENCY)

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Most of us may never have heard of Osoyoos and Pownal but those towns in B.C. and P.E.I. are two of 15 "communities that best exemplify community spirit, passion for hockey and originality."

The 15 will now continue their quest to be named Kraft Hockeyville 2012, and have the opportunity to host a 2012-2013 NHL pre-season game in their community.

"It's truly inspiring to see so many hockey-loving Canadians rally together in creative ways to improve their communities," Jack Hewitt, a spokesman for Kraft Canada, said in a statement. "In the seven years that we've had Kraft Hockeyville, we've never seen such passion and creativity as demonstrated by these 15 finalists."

Now you can determine which of the top 15 should make it into the top 5 by voting at www.krafthockeyville.ca or by calling 1-866-533-8066.

Voting began Saturday night and will close on March 6 at midnight (ET). Once the votes have been tallied, the top 5 communities will be announced on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada on March 17. Canadians will then return to the polls for a final vote to determine the winner of Kraft Hockeyville 2012.

On March 31, CBC's Hockey Night In Canada crew will visit and broadcast live from each of the five communities. The winner of Kraft Hockeyville 2012 will be announced live that evening on the show. It will host a pre-season NHL game and receive $100,000 in arena upgrades courtesy of Kraft Canada. The four runner-up communities will each receive $25,000 for improvements to their local rinks.

Since its inception, the Kraft Hockeyville partners have provided over $1,000,000 in arena upgrade money, equipment, and local food bank donations.


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