An Irish hockey team says Canada was instrumental in plans to build a new rink for the country’s players.
The Republic of Ireland has been without a permanent rink since 2010, when its last such facility closed down, CBC News reported. Since then, players have trained on temporary rinks during the winter and have used in-line skates during warmer months.
Plans for a new rink started to be laid when a local Irish team — the Flying Ducks of the Irish Ice Hockey Association — visited Montreal to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2017 and met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The hockey players told the prime minster about their predicament.
Four months later, Trudeau mentioned the rink predicament during public comments he made on a trip to Ireland to discuss CETA. Hockey players credited his comments for getting local politicians on board and plans are now underway to build a new rink.
While lawyers are still finalizing details, the new rink is expected to be built in the same location as the old one that closed in 2010, according to CBC.
Halifax football fans should know by Canada Day whether their city will get a CFL team.
One of the principle owners of the proposed franchise, Anthony LeBlanc, told the Chronicle Herald that he expects the Halifax Regional Council to consider their proposal to build a new stadium in late spring, and that the group will finalize its plan shortly after.
“Everybody agrees that we have to figure out if this is a go or a no-go by the midpoint of this year,” he said.
LeBlanc and his partners have been negotiating the purchase of a plot of land that they hope will serve as the home of a 24,000-seat stadium for the franchise — the Atlantic Schooners.
The cost of the facility was first estimated between $170 million and $190 million, but the group has revised that amount to $130 million.
Taylor Keast has smashed a Saskatchewan junior hockey glass ceiling.
The 17-year-old goaltender became the first female player to dress for a regular season game in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, according to the Weyburn Review.
Keast suited up as a back-up goaltender for her hometown La Ronge Ice Wolves in a game Friday night against the Kindersley Klippers.
“It was pretty cool, I’ve grown up here, so when I was a little kid, I used to want to play for the Ice Wolves,” Keast told MBC Radio. “It was fun, it was a really good experience.”
The Weyburn Review reported that while this was a first for the SJHL, a female player has laced up her skates to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League before. Goaltender Shannon Szabados played in the AJHL from 2003 to 2007.