Tuesday, December 25, 2018
British Columbia has been home to some historic buildings over the course of hockey history.
Denman Arena in Vancouver was the first of its kind, having the ice inside mechanically frozen instead of the ice naturally frozen by cold weather. Denman Arena was built in 1911, and hosted the Stanley Cup playoff when the Vancouver Millionaires won it in 1915, but the arena was destroyed in 1936 due to a large fire.
Denman wasn’t the only first of its kind, the now ghost town of Sandon, BC, was home to the first indoor hockey rink. While the ice was still naturally frozen by winter weather, it was protected from the outside elements. Sandon was abandoned not long after the Second World War, the town was largely populated due to the mining of silver in the area.
The Kimberly Civic Center was built in 1961, and was one of the most advanced arena’s in the country at the time. It was not the first indoor arena in Kimberly, the original was outlawed by the fire marshal in 1957. The Civic Center still stands today and is home of the Kimberly Dynamiters Junior B team.