Robert Guertin Centre

Gatineau Olympiques Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Gatineau
Robert Guertin Centre
Robert Guertin Centre - Interior.JPG
Former namesHull Arena, Robert Guertin Arena
Location125, rue de Carillon
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
OwnerCity of Gatineau
OperatorCity of Gatineau
CapacityHockey: 4,000 (total)
3,196 (seated)
Opened1952
Tenants
Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) (2003–present)
Gatineau Hull-Volants (NCJHL) 2009–present
Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) (1976–2003)
Hull Festivals (CJAHL/QMJHL) (1970–1976)
Hull Hawks (OHDJHL) (1969–1970)
Ottawa 67's (OHL) (1967–1968)
Ottawa-Hull Canadiens (1957–1959, 1960–1961)

The Robert Guertin Centre (formerly Robert Guertin Arena and Hull Arena) is a multi-purpose arena in the Hull sector of Gatineau, Quebec, with a capacity of 4,000 capacity (3,196 seated). It was built in 1957 and is home to the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The original tenant hockey team was the Ottawa-Hull Canadiens from 1957 to 1961, until the team relocated to become the Montreal Junior Canadiens. The Ottawa-Hull Canadiens hosted the 1958 Memorial Cup between the Hull Arena and the Ottawa Auditorium across the river. The Canadiens defeated the Regina Pats four games to two to win the Memorial Cup. The Hull Arena hosted various teams in the Ottawa-Hull District Junior Hockey League during the 1960s, and briefly hosted the Ottawa 67's in 1967 and 1968, while the Ottawa Civic Centre was under construction. Since 1973, the arena has been home to Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams. The Hull Festivals joined the QMJHL in 1973, and later became known as the Hull Olympiques in 1976, and finally the Gatineau Olympiques in 2003.

The Hull arena hosted the 1982 Memorial Cup. The Gatineau Olympiques won the 1997 Memorial Cup on home ice, defeating the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The arena is also the site of an international midget hockey tournament held every January.

Replacement

Exterior

In 2001, team owners of the Olympiques first discussed the idea of playing at a new rink with a larger capacity.[1] Renovations were made to the arena in 2003 and 2004 that slightly reduced the number of seats due to safety reasons.[2] On May 25, 2011, city council announced that a new 5,000 seat arena would be built on the same site, and the old arena would be demolished. The estimated cost of the new arena was to be $63 million,[3] but the project never went further.

On February 22, 2017, city council approved a new 4,000 seat arena and recreation complex with three community rinks. Cost is estimated at $79 million.[4] The new arena, Slush Puppie Centre,[5] being built east of downtown, and to be completed by the fall of 2020, will be just north of Maloney Boulevard, between Montée Paiement and Boulevard de la Cité.[6]

References

  1. ^ Turbide, Mathieu (March 7, 2001). "Le maire Ducharme est catégorique: Pas question d'agrandir l'aréna Robert-Guertin". Le Droit. p. 4.
  2. ^ Brassard, Marc (July 8, 2004). "Un escalier sème la colère des proprios des Olympiques". Le Droit. p. 48.
  3. ^ Dabaghi-Pacheco, Omar (2011-05-25). "Excitement builds for new venue at Bob Guertin site". www.cbc.ca. CBC News. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  4. ^ Panico, Giacomo (2017-02-22). "Gatineau approves deal to replace Robert Guertin arena". www.cbc.ca. CBC News. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  5. ^ "Le nouvel aréna des Olympiques de Gatineau s'appellera le Centre Slush Puppie". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  6. ^ Spears, Tom (2017-02-22). "Gatineau council approves new $79M arena complex; home for Olympiques". Ottawa Citizen. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2017-12-08.