The NHL-mandated rink renovations, which began at Centre Ice Arena on May 14, have been completed. Both David's and West Rinks are up to NHL safety standards and are safer for all athletes and spectators. Detroit Red Wings Training Camp and NHL Prospect Tournament will return this September.
Right on the heels of the extensive rink renovation project comes another major undertaking. The ammonia chiller and heat exchanger at Centre Ice - equipment required to keep the ice frozen - are beginning to fail and must be replaced. This equipment, ordered from Keen Technical Solutions, has been delivered by Team Elmers. Installation will take place over the next three weeks.
The total cost of both projects combined is $420,000.
Centre Ice launched a crowdfunding campaign in mid-April which was set to wrap up June 2. Even after a generous investment in community benefit from TC Tourism, Centre Ice still needed to raise $110,000 to cover the balance of the rink renovations required by the NHL in order for Red Wings camp and prospect tournament to return. To date, the campaign has raised just shy of $38,000. On top of that is the added expense of the new chiller system. Centre Ice, a non-profit organization, is requesting any assistance community businesses, organizations and individuals can provide.
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to access a recent Record-Eagle article.
Here are a few photos of the recently renovated rinks as well as Keen Technical Solutions team member Marc Brunette posing with the new ammonia chiller and heat exchanger. You are welcome to stop by Centre Ice to see the renovations.