By Carter Brooks
Images courtesy of The RINK and the Winnipeg ICE
Winnipeg's already elusive hockey scene is about to receive an impressive facelift, as The RINK Training Centre is set for its grand opening this coming Saturday morning.
Based out of 57 South Landing Drive off of McGillivray Boulevard in Oak Bluff, The RINK Training Centre will officially open its doors on Saturday, June 1st, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This announcement comes with a plethora of 'grand opening' festivities for attendees to take in, including appearances by local NHL players and members of the Western Hockey League's newest team, the local Winnipeg ICE.
The morning will begin with a free pancake breakfast, followed by an open skate on The RINK full size ice surface. Equipment manufacturers TRUE Hockey and Vaughn will join The RINK's 'Testify Performance', and will set up demonstration sessions along with regular booth visitations throughout the morning, while guided facility tours will continue through the late stages of the morning.
“We are delighted to officially welcome everyone to our world class hockey training centre,” said Ryan Cyr, The RINK General Manager in a press release Wednesday. “We are thankful for the support from the community and would like to encourage everyone to join us for a fun filled family day to celebrate hockey development in Winnipeg and Manitoba”.
The Winnipeg ICE will also be in the second day of their annual three-day Development Camp, beginning at 10:30 AM on Saturday, in an event free of charge to onlookers. Fans will have the opportunity to observe ICE draft selections Morgan Geekie, Owen Murray and Carson Lambos for the first time in Winnipeg.
On top of that, current Winnipeg-born NHL players Madison Bowey (Detroit Red Wings) and Nolan Patrick (Philadelphia Flyers) will also be on site Saturday morning, available for photographs and autograph signing sessions. The ICE Shop is also opening its doors for the first time Saturday, featuring a 25 percent off all items sale.
"The state-of-the-art RINK Training Centre, located at 57 South Landing Drive just off McGillivray Boulevard, opened at the beginning of April 2019. The 95,000 square foot facility is the home of hockey development with a NHL-sized ice surface, training sheet and goalie sheet. It also features a 7,000 square foot gym with a 200-meter indoor running track." - RinkPlayerDevelopment.ca
A full breakdown/schedule of Saturday's events is listed below: