Eastern Kings Sportsplex gets needed upgrade

Kayla Woodside
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Government funding helps rink purchase new glass, boards

Eastern Kings Sportsplex in Souris, Prince Edward Island

SOURIS — Being slammed into the boards by another hockey player is just a part of the game but in Souris that could have been labeled as dangerous.

The Eastern Kings Sportsplex has been in desperate need of an upgrade and this year the people of Souris got what they wanted for the community.

“It’s great, it’s almost like a facelift to the rink,” said Jeff Chapman, who is a regular user of the arena.

Chapman has spent many years coming in and out of the building and knows the $158,000 renovation project was much needed.

“A new bright atmosphere in the rink provides an exciting experience for both the players and fans. It’s great for community spirit,” he said.

Mark Kickham, president of the Souris Hockey Association, said it makes things easier for the kids.

“It’s 100 per cent positive all around. The boards are safer, they’re in better quality and the rubber is better. The kids aren’t dulling their skates anymore,” he said.

Many spots in the rink were considered dangerous.

Kickham said it was a great change for the glass around the rink going from two feet to six.

“With higher glass we have fewer delays in the game,” he said.

The project was funded from both the Island Community Fund and the sportsplex itself. The fund contributed $45,000 and the sportsplex $113,000.

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Organizations: Souris Hockey Association, Island Community Fund

Geographic location: Souris

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