The 2020 Kraft Hockeyville USA contest has postponed its “top four” announcement, according to the company website.

The Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) is attempting to make the finalist list for the second straight year to raise money for improvements at the historic Dome.

The following statement was posted on the Kraft Hockeyville USA website:

“Like you, we have been following the news about COVID-19 closely. The team at Kraft Hockeyville would like to personally extend its heartfelt concern and well wishes to the individuals and families affected by the virus. At all times, the health and safety of our partners, colleagues and community participants is our top priority.

“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus and after consulting with medical experts, the National Hockey League (NHL) paused the 2019-’20 season. The Kraft Hockeyville team, together with the NHL and the NHL Players Association, have collectively agreed that postponing the announcement of the ‘top four’ community finalists of the Kraft Hockeyville USA 2020 program, which was planned for March 22, is the appropriate decision at this time.

“All previously submitted nominations and entries to Kraft Hockeyville USA 2020 are still valid. Please be on the lookout for further updates and announcements about Kraft Hockeyville USA 2020.”



ERRA project

The ERRA, a nonprofit organization, is trying to raise $740,000 to complete a renovation project at the  Dome. More than $510,000 has been raised. Improvements already have included a new concrete floor with cooling tubes, new boards and glass, and a remodeled entryway into the rink. Much of the facility has been repainted. 

The ERRA finished second in the Kraft Hockeyville USA contest last year and received $30,000 for rink upgrades and $10,000 in hockey equipment. Because the ERRA did not win the grand prize last year, the opportunity was available again this year, according to Gen Hicks, who is promoting the Kraft Hockeyville USA opportunity for the ERRA.

If Eagle River hockey supporters can convince the judges of the rich hockey history at the Dome, the ERRA could win $150,000 to go toward repairs and an NHL preseason hockey game would be played in Eagle River. The first runner-up will receive $30,000 and the second runner-up will receive $10,000 in rink upgrades.

Last year, the Calumet Colosseum in Calumet, Mich., placed first.

Hicks said the Dome is a special place in Eagle River and Wisconsin hockey history.

“Anyone who has set foot in this place can feel the tradition, sense of wonderment, engineering and ingenuity that went into the architecture of this magnificent stadium,” said Hicks.

The next project at the Dome is a full upgrade to the compressor system that will be between $600,000 and $1 million, according to Hicks.

For more information and Kraft Hockeyville USA contest updates, people can visit krafthockeyville.com.