Flames owner builds $1 million outdoor rink in Black Diamond
/ Calgary Flames
BLACK DIAMOND, AB – The Scott Seaman Sports Rink, a new outdoor artificial ice surface will be open for skating and shinny hockey on December 22nd in Black Diamond, Alberta, located 80 kilometers south of Calgary.
In addition to the 180 x 84 outdoor artificial rink, this new Scott Seaman Sports Rink features a 2,400 square foot service building including four dressing rooms, a referee/first aid room, a mechanical room and a refrigeration plant to maintain the outdoor artificial ice surface.
An official grand opening of the Scott Seaman Sports Rink is scheduled for Saturday February 9th, 2008.
Built at a cost of $1 million, this concept solves a need by Hockey Canada that more facilities need to be built and existing ice arena facilities enhanced across Canada. The Scott Seaman Sports Rink was funded by Project 75 and Doc Seaman. Doc Seaman contributed $500,000 in memory of his sport loving grandson Scott who died tragically at 18 years of age. The Project is chaired by Scott’s father Bob Seaman, son of founding Calgary Flames owner, Doc Seaman.
The Scott Seaman Sports Rink took six months to complete, from concept to skating in December. It is expected that this concept of outdoor artificial ice surfaces will be the first of many constructed across communities in Canada, with the benefit of Project 75 funding.
The Flames Project 75 was incorporated in 1984 to commemorate the 75th birthday of the province of Alberta. Since then, Project 75 has contributed more than $5 million in financial support for hockey development programs of Hockey Canada and other hockey related organizations. Brothers Daryl ‘Doc’ and B.J. Seaman, along with Harley Hotchkiss, spearheaded and funded Project 75. All three continue to be involved with Project 75 to this day.
“The bottom line is that we’re going to provide more ice for hockey and related skating sports to be played on,” Project 75 founder Doc Seaman said. “There’s a big shortage of ice all across the country and we’re looking at a model to assist communities. Project 75 will be a part of the solution. We like to take leadership roles.”
It is hoped that the eventual construction of these rinks across communities in Canada will: Encourage young and old to get outside and enjoy any skating activity on quality ice in an extended season from November to March. Give boys and girls the needed ice time to play ice sports using this facility while enjoying camaraderie and improving skills without formal practices Be a catalyst to improve and enhance existing community facilities using this concept ice solution to efficiently and cost effectively improve community recreation areas
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Canada’s young players to get more time on the ice to develop and improve their skills,” said Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada president. “There is the strong possibility of a number of rinks such as this one being constructed across Canada, and its something the communities involved must embrace as Black Diamond has to be successful.”