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Lucan wins Kraft Hockeyville Competition

Lucan is Hockeyville 2018!!. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL

After a weekend of rallying for votes, Lucan came out on top to be named Kraft Hockeyville for 2018.

The announcement came during Saturday’s broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada. The competition saw Lucan beat three other Canadian communities vying for the grand prize.

As a result, the town, a 30-minute drive north of London, will receive $250,000 in arena upgrades and play host to an NHL pre-season game. Lucan Minor Hockey will also receive $10,000 in equipment from the National Hockey League Players Association.

READ MORE: Lucan rallying for votes in Kraft Hockeyville competition

During a Saturday rally for votes, mayor of Lucan-Biddulph, Cathy Burghardt-Jesson, said she was grateful the overwhelming support.

“You say, ‘please support us, this could be your community next year.’ And then to see it play out on social media and see rallying calls … it’s just been so gratifying,” said Burghardt-Jesson.

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Saturday’s rally also saw a parade down Lucan’s main street. 980 CFPL’s Jake Jeffrey was on scene to capture footage.

High River, Alberta; Huntingdon, Quebec and Lafleche, Saskatchewan were all shortlisted for the prize.

For making it to the final four, each of those towns will receive $25,000 in arena upgrades.

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More green in support of Lucan's bid for Hockeyville. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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Several houses in Lucan were decked out in green. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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One of the many people showing their Lucan Irish pride Saturday. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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Plenty of green was on display Saturday, including this guys beard. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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Minor hockey teams took the ice throughout the afternoon at Lucan Arena. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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These two minor hockey players are showing off their hardware from their season. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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More hockey fans showing their Lucan pride Saturday afternoon. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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Vote Lucan!. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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Hockeyville parade down Main Street Lucan. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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Hockeyville parade down Main Street Lucan. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL
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Hundreds lined the streets in Lucan Saturday for the town's Hockeyville celebrations. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL

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