Within every community, different relationships form different partnerships. The most successful ones are between those who share the same vision and same values.
It is that common vision formed upon common values that brought True North Sports & Entertainment and Assiniboine Credit Union together to work on the MTS Iceplex.
The MTS Iceplex, located near Assiniboia Downs on the west edge of Winnipeg, is the latest addition to the True North family and is part of the continuing evolution of the organization's business footprint.
In considering the opportunity to develop the MTS Iceplex, True North recognized that there was a dearth of up-to-date recreational ice facilities in the city. In partnership with the province and partners like ACU, True North was able to develop a business case that ultimately resulted in the opening of the MTS Iceplex in August, 2010.
In just 12 short months beginning in July 2009, construction was completed on time and on budget and resulted in the 172,000 square foot, two-level multiplex — which includes four National Hockey League sized ice sheets with spectator seating of 250 in three arenas and 1,500 in the other. The MTS Iceplex includes other top-flight amenities such as 22 player dressing rooms and four officials' rooms; a high performance training centre; a pro shop; a restaurant on the second level; comfortable, wide and bright concourses; as well as business offices and meeting rooms.
However, the real connection between the facility and the community lies in the programming. With four ice surfaces, the facility has the capacity for over 20,000 hours of programming with the anticipation of over 75,000 users each year. It serves as the practice facility for the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose; the home of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Winnipeg Blues; and numerous hockey associations such as Assiniboine Park, and high school hockey programs such as St. Pauls High School and Balmoral Hall. There is also a full schedule of adult recreational hockey at the MTS Iceplex, as well as ice time for the Manitoba Women's Junior Hockey League.
The MTS Iceplex has delivered a grassroots level of hockey deep into the Winnipeg community. It provides players of all ages and all levels a place to enjoy hockey.
"Assiniboine Credit Union is fortunate to have partners such as True North Sports & Entertainment who share our community commitment," says Al Morin. "It is only through this type of partnership that we are able to extend the impact of our vision for the betterment of the city and province."