Perdue is getting set to welcome back hockey.
It was the spring of 2015 when the town’s old wooden arch arena burned to the ground, forcing kids to play hockey elsewhere.
On Tuesday, over three years after the fire, the doors to the new arena swung open.
“It was pretty awesome,” said Michael Gray, co-chair of the rebuild committee.
“The first kids that stepped on the ice would have been two to three years old when it burned, so they hadn’t even started hockey yet.”
A combination of fundraising and insurance money helped pay for the $1.7 million project, however Gray credits
He said without all the volunteer labour and time, there would be no arena.
“That was the most amazing part. There was always someone working in there,” Gray said.
“It was a good bonding thing for the community. There was lots of people getting together again. It was pretty awesome to see.”
The community is having a minor hockey day Saturday to christen the arena.
That’s when novice and peewee aged kids, along with senior hockey teams, will play their first games.