|Bell MTS Iceplex|
|Location||3969 Portage Avenue|
|Broke ground||July 2009|
|Owner||True North Sports & Entertainment Limited|
|Construction cost||$26.6 million CAD|
|Capacity||Winnipeg Free Press Arena - 1,350|
Assiniboine Credit Union Arena - 225
Red River Co-op Arena - 225
RE/MAX Arena - 225
The Bell MTS Iceplex and Hockey Canada Centre of Excellence is an ice hockey facility located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The 172000 sq.ft. building, which opened in August 2010, is owned and operated by True North Sports and Entertainment, which also owns the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League.
Construction[edit | edit source]
The Bell MTS Iceplex, originally known as the True North MoosePlex Hockey Canada Centre, was built on time and within its budget, at a cost of $26.6 million Canadian. The federal and provincial governments contributed $11.7 million, while True North covered the remaining $14.9 million. In exchange for public funding, True North guaranteed use of the facility to local amateur and recreational hockey teams.
In April 2010, True North entered a naming rights agreement with Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS), and the facility was renamed the MTS Iceplex. MTS also owns the naming rights to True North's other major sports facility, the MTS Centre.
A 21,000 square foot addition to the Iceplex was completed in 2016. As part of this expansion, new training facilities and office space were built for the Jets and Moose.
The facility was renamed the Bell MTS Iceplex following Bell Canada's acquisition of MTS in 2017.
Facilities[edit | edit source]
The MTS Iceplex is open year round and consists of four arenas, each with an NHL regulation size ice surface. Each rink is sponsored by a local business: the Winnipeg Free Press Arena seats 1,350 spectators, while the RE/MAX, Assiniboine Credit Union, and Red River Co-op Arenas seat 225 each. The Iceplex also features dryland training facilities, 22 dressing rooms, a pro shop, a restaurant and bar, conference rooms, and office space for Hockey Manitoba, Hockey Canada, and True North. The complex is located just outside the west Perimeter Highway, next to Assiniboia Downs and the Pointe West AutoPark.
Tenants[edit | edit source]
The following teams and organizations are regular tenants:
- Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (practice and training facility)
- Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League
- Hockey Canada (Centre of Excellence) and its local branch, Hockey Manitoba
Former tenants[edit | edit source]
Major events[edit | edit source]
The MTS Iceplex was one of three venues that hosted the 2011 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, a major international hockey tournament held by Hockey Canada each winter. It was slated to host the 2012 tournament as well, but Hockey Canada, at the request of True North, decided to relocate the tournament to Windsor, Ontario in June 2011.
References[edit | edit source]
- Iceplex opens. Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- MTS Iceplex - Quick Facts. MTSIceplex.ca. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
- Grand opening for MTS Iceplex. Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- "Mooseplex renamed MTS Iceplex", CBC.ca, 2010-04-09. Retrieved on 2011-01-05. Archived from the original on 2010-04-12.
- "TSNE announces addition to MTS Iceplex", MTSIceplex.com, 2015-09-01.
- MTS Centre, Iceplex renamed following Bell takeover of MTS. Retrieved on 30 May 2017.
- "IF YOU BUILD IT… MANITOBA'S U17 HOSTS SHOWCASE NEW ARENAS", Hockey Canada, 2011-02-11. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Massive multiplex takes shape. Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved on 2011-01-05. Cite error: Invalid
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- Winnipeg to host World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2011 and 2012. HockeyManitoba.ca. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- Windsor, Ont., to host 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. mjhlhockey.ca. Retrieved on 2011-11-04.