This is an article originally printed in the Calgary Herald.
Calgary Centre MP Kent Hehr, minister of veterans affairs, unveiled the grant at the Village Square Leisure Centre arenas, harkening back to his days as a young hockey player.
“I took part in everything the city had to offer — baseball diamonds, hockey rinks, schools and, of course, the public library — all the things that make a childhood great.
“And I especially remember spending hours and hours at Centennial Arena,” he added.
Hehr, who once played as a defenceman for the Mount Royal Cougars men’s hockey team, said he especially enjoyed the hours of practise and game-time at their home rink, Centennial Arena, built thanks to federal funding to celebrate Canada’s 100-year anniversary in 1967.
“I remember spending hours and hours at Centennial Arenas,” added Hehr, whose hockey career was cut short when he was paralyzed in a shooting at the age of 21.
“All of those memories were made good because of smart government investment. I hope we can continue to leave those lasting legacies.”
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, contributing $46.2 million for projects across Western Canada and an additional $150 million over the next two years for local improvements across the country.