March 09, 2011
The 52-year era of the Moose Jaw Civic Centre -- aka the Crushed Can -- will officially be over once the Moose Jaw Warriors 2010-2011 season ends. The last regular season game is scheduled for March 18 when the Warriors host the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Crushed Can era has seen its fair share of talent. It's been the hometown rink of locals Reed Low and Clark Gillies, as well as the one-time adopted home to the likes of Theoren Fleury, Mike Keane, Kelly Buchberger and Troy Brouwer.
Despite having great talents under its roof, the most interesting aspects of the arena is perhaps -- the roof itself -- which gave the rink its nickname in the first place.
"You'd think it was caving in, but that's just how it was made" said Cory Pointer, the Warriors equipment manager.
Despite only sitting 2,705 fans, the Crushed Can is one of the most energetic arenas in the Western Hockey League.
"There's no denying the fact that it's an exciting building to play hockey in when it's full," said Warriors forward Quinton Howden, who has spent four seasons playing out of the rink. "The sound is great in there when it's full. There's no rink in the league like this one. You know, all the other rinks the fans are quite a ways away and the sound isn't there."
The Warriors will start next season in their new arena, the Moose Jaw Multiplex. The Multiplex, which is located in the city's downtown, will seat 4,500. The arena will also include an eight-sheet curling rink, a lounge, a soccer and field-house facility, along with 6,000 square metres of playing area.
"We've had a lot of good memories in the (old) rink, but it will be nice to have a new building," said Howden.
Kelly Friesen is a Junior Hockey writer at Yahoo! Sports. You can follow him on twitter @KellyFriesen