Prior to hosting the Allan Cup in 2010 the North Peace Arena was required to undergo a number of upgrades for the tournament as set out by Hockey Canada. At yesterday’s announcement of the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge coming to Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman did not rule out the possibility that further upgrades may come to the facility.
She stated that any upgrades are likely to be related to information technology, and while it would be premature to speculate on a price tag, a portion of the cost would likely be covered through various grants.
“We did upgrades for the Allan Cup,” Ackerman explained. “Hockey Canada is going to be coming up over the next few days. What we’re looking at is some IT upgrades essentially. We don’t have the numbers yet but there are facility grants available through the Northern Development Initiative Trust that we can look at applying for. A lot of that cost will be looked after.”
The puck will drop on the tournament on October 30 and run through November 7.