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Detroit — A passionate hockey town has been awarded for its love of the sport.

Marquette has been named Kraft Hockeyville USA for 2016 through online voting and texts and will host a NHL preseason game between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes next season.

Lakeview Arena, in Marquette, has been awarded $150,000 in partnership with the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.

“We’ve seen amazing participation across the country in Kraft Hockeyville USA’s second year,” said Nina Barton, senior vice president of marketing of Kraft Heinz. “This year’s contest led to millions of votes from passionate hockey fans, and we’re so proud America has chosen the spirited, well-deserving community of Marquette as Kraft Hockeyville USA 2016.”

Over 1,000 communities submitted their stories showing their hockey spirit and passion, according to Kraft.

“The local rink is a hub of activity, excitement, entertainment and fun — a place where the love of hockey can energize an entire community,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. “The National Hockey League is pleased to recognize all who participated in Kraft Hockeyville USA and is delighted to congratulate Marquette, Michigan, for ensuring that an upgraded Lakeview Arena will be able to welcome future generations of hockey families, players, coaches and volunteers.”

ted.kulfan@detroitnews.com

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