All of the legendary rinks in our One T Society, so far, have been “barns” that are still open and active with hockey.  This month we are adding a rink that was retired by the wrecking ball just under 5 years ago, but in many ways remains one of the most epic rinks in Western Canadian hockey history.


The 3,146 seat Moose Jaw Civic Center was officially opened on September 19th, 1959 with a gala performance by legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. 

Designed by Saskatchewan architect Joseph Pettick, the facility won the Massey Medal for architecture, which represents the highest architectural honor in Canada.


The Civic Center was recognized for its innovative cable structure roof that gave the building its unique shape and led to its nickname: “The Crushed Can”.  The cable roof was considered an ingenious and cost effective solution that allowed the small town of Moose Jaw to build a large arena on a reasonable budget, while maintaining an unobstructed view of the ice from all seats. In fact, the final cost of the building was a mere $525,000. 


The Crushed Can’s primary tenant for 26 seasons was the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.   The Warriors moved from Winnipeg to Moose Jaw in 1983 – 84. Interestingly, despite graduating many players on to the National Hockey League, the Warriors have never won a WHL Championship.   They have won three division titles in 2003 – 04, 05 – 06, and 11 – 12.  The 2005 - 06 season was the best in franchise history, but the Warriors ultimately lost to the Vancouver Giants in the WHL finals.


The Warriors list of alumni that went on to the NHL is long and illustrious and includes: Chris Armstrong, Lonny Bohonos, Johnny Boychuk, Kelly Buchberger, Deryk Engelland, Travis Harmonic, Sheldon Kenneddy, Paul Kruse, Darryl Laplante, and Jason Widmer to name a few.  The team has also retired four numbers: 9 Theoren Fleury, 24 Kelly Buchberger, 25 Mike Keane, and 28 Ryan Smyth.


Though the Crushed Can has been replaced in Moose Jaw by the modern and much larger Mosaic Place, its legend will live on in the annals of hockey history.