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Island Savings Centre. The Theater is the tall section, the Arena is where the Hockey Stick is.

The Island Savings Centre[1] (formerly the Cowichan Centre) is a recreational centre serving North Cowichan, British Columbia. It has a pool, theater, arena, gymnasium. It was built in 1978, on the former site of the Cowichan Curling Rink.[2]. Island Savings, "Vancouver Island's Credit Union", donated $1 Million CDN to the centre in exchange for a 10-year naming rights deal.

Cowichan Valley Arena

Island Savings Centre
The Stick
2007 picture of the interior, showing the plastic seats
Location 2687 James St. Duncan, BC
Opened 1978
Owner ?
Tenants Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL) (1980-1984, 1988-1990, 1993-Present)
Capacity Hockey: 2,040 (1,350 seated)[3]

The Cowichan Valley Arena is a 2,040-seat multipurpose arena in North Cowichan, British Columbia, adjoined to the Island Savings Centre. It is home to the Cowichan Valley Capitals ice hockey team of the British Columbia Hockey League. Next to the Arena is the Island Savings Gymnasium.

Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks have hosted their Training Camp at least three times in Duncan, 1980, 1984 and 1986.

"World's Biggest Hockey Stick & Puck"

Mounted on the eastern wall of the arena is a 62-metre (205 ft) Hockey Stick, and Puck, now officially the World's Biggest since July 12th, 2008. Built in 1985, at Penticton, British Columbia, and modelled after Tony Tanti's stick, The Stick & Puck originally adorned the entrance to Expo '86, albeit a slightly different pose, beside the "Largest Flagpole". A society to get the Stick to Duncan was launched after Expo 86 ended, the attempt was successful where funds were obtained to pay for the dismantling, transportation, and reconstruction of the stick. The stick was dedicated on May 21, 1988, 1 day and 2 years after Expo '86 opened.

Arena Upgrades

On November 2008, the Capitals & the Island Savings Centre Commission jointly bought a Centaur Products H-2105 scoreboard to bring the arena up to Junior "A" standards. The Island Savings Centre joins a growing list of BCHL arenas to have a centre-ice hung scoreboard. [4]


  2. Common knowledge of the late 50's tells of a "Curling Rink" located where the arena is
  3. The Cowichan Citizen newspaper had an article about the installation of the seats in 2007. It said "1,350 plastic seats" specifically