The nominations are in and we have a Top 10 for Kraft Hockeyville — watch the videos below to see the five rinks from the western half of the United States who will now vie to make the Top Four.
Pickwick Ice in Burbank, California
Home to the California Golden Bears hockey club — established in 1964, one of the oldest in Southern California — Pickwick is located just 30 minutes away from the beaches in Santa Monica and remains one of the Golden State’s most recognizable rinks.
St. Michael Albertville Arena in Albertville, Minnesota
The lone finalist from the “State of Hockey,” St. Michael-Albertville Arena is unique in that it houses two communities in the same arena.
Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, Illinois
The Decatur Civic Center hosts both the “Tournament of Friends” — an annual event now in its 25th year — and the Decatur Flames youth hockey team; this year, the pee wee Flames won the Illinois state championship.
Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks, Alaska
Formerly a World War II airplane hangar, the Big Dipper was transformed into an ice area in 1968 and has gone on to host a number of local teams. Beginning in 2004, the Dipper also became home to the annual “Hockey Week in Fairbanks” celebration.
The Thunderdome in Rapid City, South Dakota
The Thunderdome is home to the Rushmore Hockey Association, which has emerged as one of the premier clubs in the state.
Those are your five from the West. Voting begins on April 14 by clicking on krafthockeyville.com, and closes on April 16.