Hurricanes

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Arena Name: Enmax Centre
Capacity: 5479
Built: 1974
Address: 2510 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 1N2
Telephone: (403) 328-1986
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
Franchise Date: 1987-88
WHL Championships: 1, in 1996-97
Memorial Cup Championships: None
Colours: Red, Blue & White
Official Web Site: LethbridgeHurricanes.com
Venue Web Site: EnmaxCentre.com
Former Arena: Nicholas Sheran Arena

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 Enmax Centre

Enmax Centre

 What's the Arena Like?

Yet to Visit for a Game

The former Canada Games Sportsplex was built in the mid-1970's. Judging by old pictures, it was once completely done in a concrete brutalist style, but as of my visit in 2018, a new glass and steel lobby had been grafted onto the front, much like the similarly-aged old arena in Rimouski. While I still can't claim to have seen a game there, at a glance the Enmax Centre appears to be one of the best middle-aged arenas in the CHL. The seating bowl is U-shaped and has an upper and lower level around the building, with a wide open concourse halfway up the seating providing access. But unlike similar rinks in Saint John and Red Deer, Lethbridge's concourse is completely open to the action. It's the most open concourse I've ever seen, and I'd be interested to see it in a game. The fourth end has a curtain, similar to the pre-renovation North Bay Memorial Gardens, and it didn't appear there was any reason why it couldn't someday be filled in with seats if the need arose.

I had plans to attend a game in Lethbridge in January 2022 before the pandemic scuppered that plan, but it's very high on my list of arenas I'd like to see just as soon as it's possible.

 Inside Enmax Centre

Enmax Centre

 Future Developments
The Enmax Centre had numerous upgrades between 2009-12 in hopes of a future Memorial Cup in Lethbridge.

 Franchise History
Lethbridge's WHL history starts with the Swift Current Broncos, who played in this building for twelve years between 1974 and 1986. When the Broncos were bought by Saskatchewan-based businessmen and moved back to their original home despite fan support and profit in Lethbridge, moving back to the city was a no-brainer. The Hurricanes franchise began play in Winnipeg as the junior Jets in 1967 and were renamed the Clubs and Monarchs until moving to the Corral in Calgary in 1977, becoming the Wranglers. They moved to Lethbridge in 1987 and have played at the Sportsplex ever since.

 Retired Numbers
8 Bryce Salvador

Salvador's number is honoured, not retired, and the team still issues it to players despite the banner in the rafters.

 Feedback
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