The new, and needed, arena plans for Gatineau are bittersweet; time is running out for fans to experience this gem of an arena before the Olympiques open their next home. Though that will be an exciting day, it will mean the epic story of this arena must close. To see the ‘Old Bob’ is to see hockey history in action, and is a chance to be a part of the final chapters of this storied place. It’s a journey not to be missed!
The sparkling new $113-million dollar Avenir Centre opened in 2018 as the home of the Wildcats and Moncton Magic of the National Basketball League of Canada. The Wildcats previously played their home games at the city-owned Moncton Coliseum, located in a mostly industrial area approximately four kilometers outside of downtown. The venue was dark and not aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but the citizens of Moncton made it an enjoyable fan experience.
Avec une population de 31 000 personnes, la ville de Val-d’Or est une des plus petites villes de toute la Ligue canadienne de hockey. Cependant, les Foreurs de Val-d’Or de la LHJMQ sont un retour aux sources et ils rétablissent un hockey simple et pur. Il a pris 16 longues années pour le hockey junior du niveau le plus haut d’être emmené au « vallée d’or ». Cependant, en 1993, un constructeur local, Jean-Claude Babin, a obtenu une franchise de la LHJMQ qui serait possédée par les actionnaires du coin qui inclut le PDG de l’entreprise G4 Drilling, Daniel Gamache.
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.
There are very few sporting experiences that can compare with the low cost of QMJHL hockey and the great product that fans receive on the ice and in the stands.
A trip to see Centre Georges-Vézina and the Chicoutimi Saguenéens is truly a trip to see the church of hockey. An old school hockey barn that bleeds history and is a throwback to days of old, a trip through the Q is not complete without Georges-Vézina.