Dalhousie women's hockey team adopts new home rink
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 6:29PM ADT
The Dalhousie Tigers women’s hockey team will have a new home away from home this season.
The rink the team used to play at is now a pile of rubble and no replacement is being built.
Athletic Director Karen Moore went shopping for a new temporary home and found one - 100 kilometres away.
The team is setting up shop at the brand new Central Nova Scotia Civic Centre in Truro.
"We saw it as an opportunity to get some good varsity sport in that area. They were welcoming," says Moore.
"Most of the games are on Saturdays and Sundays so in terms of classes, they will not miss class," says Moore.
Moore says the team will practice at the Halifax Forum and play a few early season games in Halifax, but come November, Truro will be their home base.
When the Tigers played at Dalhousie’s old Memorial Arena the crowds were modest in size. With the games moved to a smaller town, the Tigers are hoping to get a larger local following.
"That's certainly what we are hoping for,” says Moore. “We're looking to get together with our marketing people."
The goal is to help grow varsity sports in a thriving hockey hotbed.
"There's no doubt it will be a positive impact,” says Truro resident Maureen Matthews. “Bring more sports fans in and bring outside teams in to play and just make the Civic Centre."
The team says that would be a plus for fans, and a possible boost for local hotels and restaurants.
"That's why we are building this facility,” says Truro Mayor Bill Mills. “We recognize the need to make Truro more of destination point."
With files from CTV Atlantic's Paul Hollingsworth