THE "BORDER CITY"
One T Society would like to feature the Centennial Civic Centre located in Lloydminster, AB. The Civic Centre was built in the Saskatchewan side of the city in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s Centennial therefore giving its infamous name of the Centennial Civic Centre. The rink is now located in the heart of Lloydminster, AB also known as the "Border City". Highways 16 and 17 cut the town in two, leaving one side on Alberta and the other side in Saskatchewan deeming it, “The Border City”.
The 2,400 capacity arena has been used for a variety of events such as : Ice Hockey, Inline Hockey, Curling, Figure Skating, Speed Skating. The Civic Centre has welcomed sports fans from all walks of life, stretching from ice hockey to rodeos, which gives the arena its uniqueness.
The Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL are amongst the teams that call the Civic Centre home, formally known as the Blazers in 1988/1989-2004, and prior to that were the SJHL Lancers from 1982/1983-1987/1988. This rink has been apart of two prominent junior A leagues in Western Canada. Centennial Civic Centre is also home to the Lloydminster Bandits of the NEAHL, Sr. AAA Lloydminster Border Kings, and minor teams that consist of: Blazers, Bobcats, and Heat.
Throughout history this rink has played host to many big games buy hosting a variety of Cups throughout the years. The Civic Centre has hosted the 2000 Allan Cup, 2004 Allan Cup, 2005 Centennial Challenge between AB and SK, 2012 Allan Cup, 2013 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. Most recently, the Centennial Civic Centre hosted the 2016 RBC Cup (AJHL Championship) where their home team lost a heartbreaker in the finals.
This historical rink is home to NHL Alumni Wade Redden and Braden Holtby. Come take a look into the rich history of the Centennial Civic Center in Lloydminster, AB.