For the love of the game
President of the Centennial Community Club Inc., Shane Moffatt's put a lot of his own time into the BDO Centre to bring it back to life. (Aaron Wilgosh/Graphic)
A lot lot of work for one Portage la Prairie family.
The BDO Centre in Portage la Prairie received a much-needed facelift in the offseason, and it's largely thanks to time invested by Shane and Pam Moffatt, who gave up a good chunk of their summer to tackle the project.
“It's good to see this facility open, I think without it, the city would be in a lot of trouble,” says Shane Moffatt, President of the Centennial Community Club Inc. “I was the one who stepped forward to try and save this rink so I'm going to be the main guy doing the work,” added Moffatt, when asked where the passion for running the old rink came from.
Besides a complete facelift inside, roof upgrades were completed, heaters were installed, upgrades were made to the kitchen which included new appliances, and new weights and machines were added in the Central Plains Capitals' workout area.
Moffatt says it was close to $300,000 to get the job done, and thankfully, they received a lot of support from the city who matched a Canada 150 grant and other funding.
“I think people forget about the rink here and how many people come through each month,” adds Moffatt. “20-25 thousand people is a wicked hit for the economy. (Organizations like) Recreational Opportunities for Kids (ROK) are in here with the school fitting kids with free equipment. Because of that program and this rink, those kids will get to play hockey, something they wouldn't have got to do otherwise.”
The painting was all completed by the Moffatt's, who devoted hundreds of hours to the operation, which proved to be most of the summer. The rink even runs on a skeleton crew with one person working the ice and the Moffatt's running the canteen.
“The main thing we did (this summer) was paint the arena blue,” he says. “Anything that was green like doors, walls, and trim. It's now a real dark blue and we've been getting a lot of compliments about it.”
Moffatt now has his sights set on the Republic Park baseball diamonds as his next endeavour, with hopes of bringing a junior baseball team to Portage la Prairie