Voting opens today for Kraft Hockeyville final four

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Beginning today, you can cast your ballot for who’ll emerge from the East and West for this year’s Kraft Hockeyville contest.

Out East, it’s down to Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania; in the West, the two finalists are St. Michael-Albertville arena in Albertville, Minnesota and the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, Illinois.

Constructed in 1939, Pullar is one of the oldest artificial rinks in the U.S. still in operation. It is home to a number of a teams, including the NAHL’s Soo Eagles and the NCAA’s Lake Superior State University.

War Memorial is perhaps best known as the home of the Johnstown Jets, the former minor-league team that inspired the iconic hockey movie “Slap Shot.” Over 70 players that’ve called War Memorial home have gone on to play in the NHL.

The lone finalist from the “State of Hockey,” St. Michael-Albertville Arena is unique in that it houses two communities in the same arena.

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.

To vote on who advances to the final, click on krafthockeyville.com. Voting closes on Apr. 22.