Kraft Hockeyville is headed to Texas.

El Paso has won the Kraft Hockeyville USA competition, beating out East Grand Forks, and will get $150,000 to spend on arena upgrades.

Although East Grand Forks didn't win, it still gets a prize.

East Grand Forks finished runner-up and will get $30,000.

Wichita, Kan., and River Falls, Wis., the other two finalists, will get $10,000.

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East Grand Forks plans to put the money toward locker room improvements or toward a new ice plant.

El Paso also will get a community celebration, which in the past has been an NHL preseason game. Last year, the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings played a preseason game in Calumet, Mich., home of the 2019 Kraft Hockeyville USA winner.

Other previous winners have been Clinton, N.Y. (2018), Belle Vernon, Pa. (2017), Marquette, Mich. (2016) and Johnstown, Pa. (2015).

El Paso is the first winner outside of the Eastern time zone.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the start of the next NHL season is still up in the air and there's no word whether this year's Hockeyville winner will get a preseason NHL game.

"This year's compelling stories from some of America's hockey communities were some of the best we've seen to date," said Magen Hanrahan, vice president of media and marketing services at Kraft Heinz.

East Grand Forks was picked as a finalist from a submitted nomination.

History of success

East Grand Forks hockey has thrived in recent years.

The prep boys team won back-to-back Minnesota Class A state championships in 2014 and 2015 -- its first two ever -- while sending numerous players to the NCAA Division-I level.

A former Green Wave player has been the captain at UND in four of the last five years with Gage Ausmus holding the role in the NCAA national championship-winning season of 2015-16 and again in 2016-17. Colton Poolman was the captain in 2018-19 and 2019-20, signing an NHL deal with the Calgary Flames in March.

Colton's older brother, Tucker Poolman, became the first East Grand Forks hockey player to play in the NHL when he made his debut in October 2017 with the Winnipeg Jets. Tucker remains with the Jets.

On the girls side, Haley Mack became the first NWHL draft pick from East Grand Forks this summer, when she was selected in the fourth round by the Minnesota Whitecaps. Mack excelled at Bemidji State, where her East Grand Forks prep teammate, Mak Langei, also plays.