|Location||2020 Ogilvie Road|
Gloucester, Ontario, Canada
|Owner||City of Ottawa|
|Operator||City of Ottawa|
|Capacity||2300 + 1200 standing room|
The Earl Armstrong Arena is named after Reeve Earl Armstrong of Gloucester township. It is a seasonal arena used as an ice hockey arena in the winter which houses the Gloucester Rangers Jr. A team and in the summer uses its slab for lacrosse where the Gloucester Griffins Jr "B" team call home. It is located in the former suburb of Gloucester now Ottawa, Ontario at 2020 Ogilvy Road, adjacent to Gloucester High School.
History[edit | edit source]
During the month of May 1971, the Earl Armstrong Arena opens.
Immediately following its opening the Ottawa M&W Rangers moved from the then named Leitrim Arena and finish their regular season and playoff run there. The newly completed arena proves lucky as the Rangers draw record crowds and finish their season in 1st place. They continue to not only win the league championship but the National championship as well which was then known as the Centennial Cup (RBC Cup today).
Today the Earl Armstrong Arena host the Gloucester Rangers Jr "A" hockey team as well as the Rangers minor hockey program. Several other teams from the Gloucester Hockey Association play here between September 1 and April 10 of each year.
Notable events[edit | edit source]
The Central Canada Hockey League has held its annual draft there for the past 5 years.
The arena played host to the 1987 Purolator Cup, National Midget Hockey Championships. It was also the home arena for the two most successful Gloucester Rangers minor hockey clubs. In 1989 (1973 births) and 1991 (1975 births) the clubs won the Ottawa District Championships and then went on to capture the All-Ontario Provincial Championships at the Major Bantam AA level (no AAA in Ottawa at that time). That 1989 provincial championship was hosted by the Rangers at the Earl Armstrong Arena.
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