Combine the cross-Canadian appeal of the football’s Grey Cup with the Canadian love for hockey, and throw in a hearty dose of appreciation for Canadian military history, and you have one very Canadian combination. Consider that this combination exists in trophy form, and that said trophy has been hoisted 99 times by Canada’s junior hockey champions, and place the hundredth edition of the storied tournament in the heartland of the country, and you have one epic occasion to celebrate a century of junior hockey in the country.
When the arena isn’t full, the FirstOntario Centre is a decent place to watch very, very good hockey being played in the centre of a lively and growing city. When full, the atmosphere is unsurpassed and will sweep any casual fan up in it. The proximity to both Toronto and the American border, combined with plenty to do, make Hamilton a great stop on the sporting calendar and continued success might make the Bulldogs the stable hockey team the city has wanted for so long.
Hockey fans in Mississauga look to finally have found some stability, but there is lots of room to grow until the seats are always filled. Hershey Centre is a great place to catch a well-run hockey team and is an excellent introduction to the OHL for hockey fans in Toronto. Although the road to permanency continues to be rocky, Mississauga is settling in more every year as a great place to catch a game and support the local club, and fans continue to say “don’t doubt the trout.”
Earlier this week, the 2019 Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee announced Halifax, Nova Scotia will be hosting the 101st edition of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) tournament. The annual four-team round-robin type tournament is comprised of the host city and champions of the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), to determine the best team of Canadian junior hockey. Halifax’s bid was selected over Moncton, New Brunswick, who is scheduled to open a new $100-millon arena this summer.
The Sarnia Sting offer the typical OHL experience which fans have come to expect. On the campus of Lambton College, Progressive Auto Sales Arena offers a solid OHL experience. If the Sting and City of Sarnia could find a way to iron out the kinks, the Hive would be an even better spot to catch a game. However, Sarnia is still a good experience and one that is well worth taking in.
For our look at 2017, we asked our 100 writers to give us their list of the Top 10 stadiums in North America, and from those votes, we compiled our best of 2017. You’ll see a lot of the usual favorites, but will also see a few under-the-radar stadiums and arenas.