Thursday, July 29, 2010


(Photo: Copywright - Vince Kreiser)

Frank Crane Arena

Former Home of the Nanaimo Islanders
Built 1975

While Vancouver Island was home to the WHL for over two decades with the presence of the Victoria Cougars, the smaller logging town of Nanaimo only hosted the WHL once, and for one brief year, 1982-83. The team, originally located in Calgary, was relocated to Nanaimo from the equally unlikely city of Billings, Montana, and left to become the second, less successful incarnation of the New Westminster Bruins. They are today the Tri-City Americans. Frank Crane Arena was built in 1975 as a compliment to the previous Nanaimo Civic Arena, and is today home to the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers.