The community of Perdue was left without a rink for three seasons after their facility burnt down in May 2015. Since then, the village has built a new arena from the ground up.

Skates hit the ice for the first time in Perdue this past Tuesday, when the arena officially opened their doors.

"There were people showing up right after school, a couple of adults and kids for public skating and hockey practices. We're pretty excited," said Michael Gray, Vice Chair of the Rebuild Committee.

Despite not having a facility, Gray said most of the hockey players in Perdue kept at it, "We've had hockey teams the whole time, even without the rink." Perdue teams rented ice in other nearby towns, while some of the kids played with other teams.

The new rink is a steel frame structure, which is vastly different from the old wooden arch arena. Construction crews broke ground the facility in the summer of 2016.

"It was engineered and contracted for the steel erection part of the building, sub-contracting for the electrical and plumbing and then the rest was done by volunteer work from around the community... Everybody just pitched in, which was a huge in cost saving," said Gray.

The building was an estimated $1.7 million project, which has been paid in full thanks to fundraising, donations and insurance.

Perdue is wasting no time getting back on the ice. The village's minor hockey day will be this Saturday, starting at 11:00AM. There will be four minor hockey games, including the beginners, novice, atom and peewee teams, followed by the Senior Perdue Pirates versus the Spirtwood Timberwolves at 8:00PM.

More Local News

Locals Place in 10th Annual Lake Lenore Ice Fishing Derby

This past Saturday the 10th Annual Lake Lenore Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby took place at Lung's Beach (approximately 20 minutes outside of Humboldt). 657 people came out with their fishing shacks…

Rockin' Rebels Preparing for Sunday Performance at Telemiracle

The Kerrobert musical group, Rockin' Rebels, is getting set to take the Telemiracle 43 Stage later this year. The Rebels include Chad Riendeau, Joey Phillips, Phillip Sperling, and their helpers…

How To Avoid Unwanted Callers

Technology has made it easier than ever to connect with one another, it’s also increased the amount of unwanted calls people receive from telemarketers and alike, however, there are steps you can…

Getting Ready For Tax Season

As a new year roles in, so does another tax season. This can sometimes seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, especially if it's your first time filing. Here at West Central we want to help…

Snow Covered License Plate Could Result in Fine

With the recent dusting of snow we've received in the Friendly City, it's usual for drivers to clean off their windshield and lights before hitting the road. However, make sure not to forget to wipe…

Winter Condtions Hit Highways After Recent Snowfall

Highways across West Central Saskatchewan are reporting Winter Conditions this morning with drifting snow, and icy conditions being prevalent across the region. After approximately 2 CM of snow…

Agriculture Hall of Fame Inducts Outlook Area Farmer

Six people will be inducted in the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame later this year. Roger Pederson, who farms near Outlook, will be included in the ranks for his work in the irrigation sector.…

Eston Lighting Up the Last Half of Winter

Eston’s Communities in Bloom is taking their passion for beauty in their town into the winter months with their Winter Lights Program. The group is encouraging residents to leave their houses…

You Need A Business License To Work From Home

With the increased number of people working from home it's important to follow the proper steps before doing so. All home-based businesses require approval from the town, a process that can take up…

Extreme Windchills Cause for Frostbite Warnings

The cold winter, along with severe windchills, are cause for frostbite warnings across the region. Over the past few days, residents have had to bundle up to protect themselves from the winter…

WestCentralOnline.com is West Central Saskatchewan's only source for community news, weather, and information.

Search the Biz Guide

Login