The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation opened Monday its 12th outdoor, refrigerated, multi-sport rink, in downtown Val d’Or, as part of the BLEU BLANC BOUGE programme.
The new BLEU BLANC BOUGE ice rink is located at the intersection of Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue, a stone’s throw from the Agnico Eagle Center, and features the use of a new, highly efficient CO2-powered cooling system, by adapting world-class infrastructure. Access to ice hockey and, finally, through the wooden and steel roof and pavilion that the city of Val d’Or has chosen to add to the project.
To celebrate the event, several former Canadian players from the area or who have played hockey in Abitibi-Témiscamingue were in attendance to skate with the youth of Saint-Lucie School and the indigenous communities of Lac Simon, Kitcisakik and Val-d’Or. There was in particular the striker and former general manager Reagan Holly, who is from Rowan Noranda.
In the video above, watch an interview with Hall, Jeff Molson and Steve Beggin, who played hockey for the Foursquare from 1995 to 1998.
Roger Wilde, an artist from Pekogan’s first Abitibiweni Nation, as well as Danny Payne and Wayne Babati, members of the Lac Simon Screaming Eagles, performed at a traditional Anisinabe concert and an opening song on the drum.
Val d’Or pride
“The pandemic has highlighted the importance of being active and healthy, and investing in our communities in order to create living environments conducive to regular physical activity. We are proud of our ability to offer the residents of Val d’Or and the surrounding area a modern, accessible and high-quality sports and leisure infrastructure, where they can Residents of all ages move around in complete safety year-round.This new ice rink, which brings the number of BLEU BLANC BOUGE rinks to 12 across the county, allows us to be an agent of change for residents of all ages, said Jeff Molson, Owner, President and Head of Direction. Youth Health in Quebec.
“Today we are proud to open the BLEU BLANC BOUGE rink in Val d’Or. The Valdurian community now benefits from a high-quality infrastructure to practice various sports. This project was very stimulating and inspiring for the community. “It’s definitely an important addition to our quality of life,” said Mayor of Val d’Or, Celine Brendamor.
The foundation’s eleventh arena opened in January 2020 in Juliette.
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