When the weather starts to turn the community of Ituna and surrounding area's countless volunteers begin to stir. From pulling out hoses and spraying down the ice surface to coordinating what events and tournaments will be held, for the next four months our rink becomes a central hub for our community. We house hockey clinics, a Boxing Day tournament, and ladies night to name a few. A quarter of land is farmed by volunteers. The seed , inputs and equipment are donated raising funds for our rink. From a gathering place to watch kids skate their first game, to a night on the town (wings included), this is where memories are made. Hockey is where our children mold fundamental skills through a game that will help them succeed for years to come. Teaching them sportsmanship, dedication, drive and above all else inclusion. Here it doesn’t matter your age or gender from pre novice through to recreation league or just a night of shinny, hockey brings our community together.
As one of the last standing “Deiner” style rinks in the province (Built in 1962) which includes natural ice these funds would benefit greatly. As our rink is in dire need of upgrade and beyond repair, the funds would go towards helping execute a thought out and meticulous plan of building a new arena. This would include but not be limited to a safe and sound structure, new ice surface, capabilities to have ice not dependent on seasonal weather and separate female/male dressing rooms. Sustainably we would carry over some of our existing equipment including our boards, glass, furnaces and kitchen equipment. If we cannot upgrade our area we will soon be forced to condemn our current facilities. If our arena is left in its current state soon we will have to travel outside of our community to participate in the game we love. Team sizes will be bigger with not everyone getting the chance to play. The cost to participate will also increase, which for many families is not attainable.
Our town may be mall but it is full of passion for the sport of hockey and gleaming with community pride. You can’t get to far walking through the local grocery store without someone asking you “Is there anything going on at the rink this week?”. Every Monday morning after a weekend of hockey games coffee row is buzzing around about all the action that went on down at the arena. The arena is the place where young boys and girls can become local heroes and dream of one day making the big leagues. Becoming the next Kraft Hockeyville will ensure our children and future generations will have a facility to play the game they love for years to come. Let’s keep the town talking and make Ituna the next Kraft Hockeyville.