Alexander Steen is putting his money where his roots are.
The St. Louis Blues forward, who grew up in Winnipeg while his father, current city councillor Thomas Steen, was playing for the Winnipeg Jets, is investing $1 million in a 12,000-square-foot family entertainment centre to be built one block east of the IKEA store in southwest Winnipeg.
"Winnipeg is a very special place. The community was very good to me and the city was definitely a major contributor to my success," Steen said.
The centre, to be called "Great Big Adventure," will feature a 3,500-square-foot play structure, complete with five 15-foot slides and a hockey play area. While the kids run around, parents can enjoy a cup of coffee and baked goods from Stella's.
"It’s so important for me to invest back into the community," Steen said. "With Great Big Adventure, I wanted to create an inviting environment to give kids the chance to grow, learn and play."
The facility's formal announcement will be made Friday morning at 10:30 at the Fairmont Hotel.