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Fernie is a town of about 4000 people in British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the East Kootenay District in the southeastern part of the province near the Alberta border.

Tragedy at town arena

Three people were killed due to what was later identified as exposure to ammonia at the Fernie Memorial Arena October 17, 2017.  The arena was closed for the day as the crews were completing emergency repairs to the refrigeration plant at the rink.  The leak lead to at least 50 people requiring medical treatment and led local officials to evacuate the local area due to the ammonia leak and high winds in the area.[1]  Due to the arena not being available for an extended period of time the Fernie Ghostriders would end up playing the 2017-18 season out of the Elk Valley Leisure Centre in Sparwood.


  1. (Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League, 1991-1992) sit out one season
  2. (Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League, (1993-1999) join AWHL
  3. (America West Hockey League, 1999-2003) join NAHL during merger
  4. (North American Hockey League, 2003-2004) join KIJHL

note: Elk Valley Raiders of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (1984-1994) were based in Sparwood, BC



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