(Edmonton, AB) – The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) and Hockey Canada Foundation announced today the re-development of two new outdoor rinks in the Beacon Heights and Beverly Heights communities.
The partnership began back in 2010 when the EOCF joined forces with the Hockey Canada Foundation to host a gala celebration in recognition of the 2010 Olympic gold medal-winning men’s and women’s teams. The Rings of Gold gala allowed the Hockey Canada Foundation to contribute $230,000 to the new community rinks, with the EOCF matching their donation for the project.
“The EOCF is thrilled to partner with the Hockey Canada Foundation to re-develop a wonderful new outdoor skating facility for use by minor hockey teams and the general public,” said Kevin Lowe, EOCF Board Member. “We take pride in being able to give back to the community, helping make it a better place to work, live and in this case, play.”
"The Hockey Canada Foundation is proud to support this community initiative with the EOCF,” said Chris Bright, Hockey Canada Foundation Executive Director. “Our commitment to create greater accessibility in the game nation-wide aligns perfectly with the Beverly Towne Community Development Society. We hope these two outdoor rinks provide ample hockey opportunity to hundreds of kids in the coming years."
A short ceremony was held at Jubilee Park in Beacon Heights followed by demolition of the existing rink by volunteer members of the community.
“It’s tough when you try and operate a rink by just patching things up all the time and just making it work for the year,” said Mark Stephenson, President of the Beacon Heights Community League. “Then the EOCF and Hockey Canada decided to build a new arena in our community, it’s just fantastic. We get a brand new rink and the kids are all excited about it.”
The new Beacon Heights community rink will be fully operational by this winter and the Beverly Heights community rink will begin construction early next spring.
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is dedicated to “changing lives” in Oil Country through the support of registered charities that focus their activities on education and health & wellness for youth. Since 2001, the EOCF has contributed over $22-million back into the community.
For more information about the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and their initiatives, please visit our website at www.oilersfoundation.ca.