Thursday, April 1, 2010

VICTORIA MEMORIAL ARENA



WHL - FORMER RINKS: VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA

(Photo - Copywright - Mickey Delmago)

Victoria Memorial Arena
Victoria, British Columbia
Former Home of the Victoria Cougars
Built 1949, Demolished 2003

Victoria Memorial Arena was built in 1949 and was home to the many incarnations of the Victoria Cougars. The Cougars originally played in the BCJHL, but moved into the WHL in 1971. They were mainly a bottom-feeder during their tenure in the Dub, having won only one league title. The Cougars left for Prince George in 1994, leaving Vancouver Island without major junior hockey. The Arena was demolished in 2003, with its replacement, the horrifically-named Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, being built on the site. The rink is now home to the ECHL's Victoria Salmon Kings.