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Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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SIENNA RUBRIGHT WAS one of about 200 Memorial Sports Center supporters who came to the rink on Saturday. The message on her cheek refers to voting in the Hockeyville USA contest in which the rink was a finalist. In order to vote more than once rink supporters had to check an “I am not a robot” box. Photo courtesy of Amy Rubright

MIDDLEBURY — Even the dozens of kids running around playing inside Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center on Saturday afternoon stopped to join the hushed crowd around the big-screen TV sitting on the concrete pad.

In all about 200 hockey lovers at a Middlebury Friends of Hockey Viewing Party were waiting to find out if the rink had won $150,000 in the nationwide Kraft Hockeyville USA contest.

But when National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman came on camera between periods of an NHL playoff game and announced the winner the crowd groaned.

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