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In the same way that clouds have silver linings, the current recession will benefit Winnipeg hockey players.
Politicians trying to stimulate the economy this morning announced funding for a new four-rink hockey complex near the west Perimeter Highway. The federal and provincial governments announced funding of $11.8 million towards the total cost of $25 million for the complex, which will be called the True North Mooseplex Hockey Canada Centre. One sheet of ice will have seating for 1,500 people.
The funding for the rink complex and other projects is part of an infrastructure spending spree designed to provide jobs.
Funding was also announced today for other Manitoba projects, including:
- Refurbishment of the Manitoba Centennial Centre
- Manitoba Sikh Cultural and Seniors Centre
- A new United Way headquarters near the Disraeli Freeway
- A Winnipeg Harvest Community Food Distribution and Training Centre
- A Salvation Army Multicultural Family Centre
"Investing in infrastructure is a triple win for Manitoba," said Premier Doer. "We're stimulating the economy, creating jobs and building a better tomorrow for all Manitobans, and today's announcement reaffirms the province's commitment to building and renewing infrastructure in Manitoba."
The rink complex will be a 172,000-square-foot multiplex facility that includes such amenities as four North American regulation-sized ice pads, 20 player dressing rooms, along with a pro shop, concession and vending, and 30,000 square feet of leasable space to be used for a restaurant, high performance training facilities and office space for True North Sports & Entertainment, Hockey Canda and Hockey Manitoba.
"We are very thankful for the contributions of the federal government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba," said True North Sports & Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman. "Manitobans themselves as a whole are responsible for the success enjoyed thus far by MTS Centre and True North Sports & Entertainment over our first five years. This is our way of re-investing that show of faith in the community.
The True North Hockey Canada Mooseplex results in a further expansion of the True North Sports & Entertainment footprint in Winnipeg with the addition of the four-ice sheet multi-plex into its family of companies," said True North Sports & Entertainment President & CEO, Jim Ludlow. "The True North Hockey Canada Mooseplex will serve as a value-added facility for amateur ice sports in Manitoba as well as a facility for excellence in hockey programming for all players - male and female, young and old - to come and learn about the game and enjoy themselves at all levels of hockey.
For further information, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.