2016 was a terrible year for an awful lot of people. It also ended with the destruction of the Arenex, a facility that has been a home to the
Northwest League for nearly 25 years. However, 2017 has arrived, and things are already looking brighter. I can announce that we have found a temporary facility to host our games,
Central City Arena. Though prohibitive pricing prevents this from being a long term solution, it does buy us some time to continue the search for a different facility. We have booked the first three weeks in January
with an option for more should the search drag on. Our time slots are a bit restrictive also, though nothing we can't work around. We will be using the 6:00 and 7:00 PM time slots as well as the
9:30 and 10:30 time slots. From 8-9:30 the facility is already booked with its popular "free skate" program that draws sizeable crowds. As is, Central City has shortened that program by
30 minutes to accomodate our booking. Additionally, the first week (Jan 7th) has us only able to start at 7:00. The league schedule will obviously be a work in progress over the next
little while, so keep an eye on it as changes will be forthcoming.
I'd like to thank Erik Vilio and the good folks at Central City for helping us get back on our feet, and especially the many people who staffed the Arenex all these years
from the facility GM, Jay Young, to the ladies in the office that took care of the payments and booking, to the many staffers that set-up, cleaned, opened and closed the Arenex on a weekly basis,
not to mention caring for our many wounds suffered during the war on the floor. You have our eternal gratitude!
Queen's Park Arenex 1938 - 2016
After nearly 80 years in existence, the Arenex passed away from a heavy snowfall that collapsed the roof. It will be missed.
The league is currently in limbo while we sort out a new venue to play in. I have every intention of completing what has been our most competitive season
to date. I'm not sure exactly how long that will take, but we will make every effort to keep things running. The show must go on!
The one and only Jay Dove just added another impressive scoring accomplishment to his storied NWBHL career. With an
assist on a powerplay goal this past weekend, he become just the fourth player in league history to eclipse 800 points, joining Stan McLellan, Rod Wardell,
and Dan Molatore in that elite group. Jay has had an interesting career path in the N-Dub, suiting up for 11 different clubs, beginning with the
Surrey Express in the Spring of 2000, all the way to his current stint on the South Van Core. The bulk of his work came while playing with the powerhouse
Surrey Thrashers club. Jay has reached the 30 point plateau in a season an astounding 14 times, as a defenseman no less, and has several Top Defenseman awards to his credit.
For a complete look at his career statistics, click the link below.
The Wolfpac and Core met up at Central City in an important NWBHL clash of "A" div rivals. The Core started strong, but a lapse in the dying moments of the 1st period
would prove to be the turning point.
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