Comox Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre

  • Location:

    Courtenay, BC

  • Published On:

    January 14, 2017

  • Nominated By:

    Marsha Webb

1. How would you describe your community’s passion and spirit for hockey?

The Comox Valley is a typical Canadian town with a Minor Hockey Program, a Junior Hockey team, a Skating Club and several recreational teams from toddlers to Octogenarians. Hockey is inherited, passed down, learned and lived here. The Comox Valley is really a combination of 4 communities. Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and CFB Comox. Hockey binds us all and brings us together. There are 3 very well used ice surfaces. One 65 year old rink at CFB Comox, and 2 aging but well loved facilities in Courtenay. One is an arena, the other is a rink. Ice time is always at a premium, stretched to the limit with kids practicing at 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. while adults are on the ice at midnight or later, 7 days a wk. The hockey community gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the local businesses who sponsor everything from equipment and registration for kids to those memorable tournaments and special events, as well as all of the wonderful volunteers who keep the sport we love alive.

2. What arena project would most benefit from the prize money? Please specifically identify how the $100,000 might be used to upgrade your arena and the impact this would have on your community

The "cold rink", as we refer to it would be transformed into a much more comfortable space if overhead heaters were installed. All teams, including visitors, would benefit from the installation of white boards on the walls of the dressing rooms, for the coach's chalk talk. The arena could use an elevator to allow better access for wheelchair and persons with limited mobility. The Junior team is one of the only teams in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey league that does not have it's own dressing room, equipment storage or office. Players cannot leave their equipment at the arena between practices or games. The skate sharpener has to be disassembled and removed everyday. The arena has an old outdated sound system. The communication from ice level to the sound booth is unreliable and we often have to resort to using walkie talkie radio's. (or hand signals) Theatre seating,or a back support along the top row would make the arena a much more comfortable and safer place to sit.

3. Why should your community be the next Kraft Hockeyville?

The Comox Valley should be the next Kraft Hockeyville because we represent what being Canadian truly is. The Comox Valley is a very diverse, multicultural community which offers a truly Canadian experience to residents and newcomers alike. Hockey has stood the test of time here in the Comox Valley. This has not been an easy feat when you consider that much of the hockey population is made up of Canadian Armed Forces participants who regularly transfer out. Almost every year is a rebuild for one team or another. Newcomers to our community feel welcomed and at home at the arena or rink. Hockey is a community asset which tops the "welcome wagon" list. We are invested in our community and in our sport. The Comox Valley never turns down the opportunity to host a hockey event. We offer up amazing hospitality and goodwill to all our guests. We have inherited a hereditary passion for something that is truly as Canadian as Maple syrup. Hockey makes "Good People Better".

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