Planning and Fundraising starts

More organization needed

  • April 1970 Rec Board visits Chauvin ($40,000), Dewberry ($45,000) and Marwayne ($80,000) Arenas
  • May 1970 Rec Board suggests D Didow, Ed Pankiw and Paul Stepa be first 3 members of Arena Board and will select 3 more from suggested list
  • Arena Board Meeting Sept 22 1970 started Elk Point and District Arena Board with President Dave Didow, Vice Pres Allan Buck, Sec Treas Ed Pankiw, Members: Barry Goldberg, Ken Palamerek, Paul Stepa, Ed Soldan, Ed Buck, Orest Fedorous, Larry Babcock
  • In Dec 1970 Arena Board expands from 10 to 15 (1 south of River, 1 Stoney Lake, 1 North of EP, 2 Heinsburg)
  • Dec 1970 Arena Proposal – all concrete, Proposed $93,000 Ice Fees $1.00 per season, 25 cents per occasional use

Local Fundraising Starts

First Shovel

Raising money

Torchlight Parade

Torchlight parade

Torchlight 2

Community Preparations Start 1971

  • Oct 23 St Paul Coaches Clinic attended by Bob Krawchuk, David Bespalko, Alan Slywka, Ed Babiniuk, Victor Stepa
  • Nov 1971 Ray Hellquist, Sid Holthe, Erna Holliday, Velma Andrishak and Harry Krawchuk visit St Paul arena
  • Many community fundraisers were held such as a St Paul to Elk Point Walk-a-thon
  • In the early days of the arena Indoor Rodeos were held which raised money and fulfilled the requirements of being an agricultural society.
    The best fundraiser was a local $60 lottery which had almost everyone in town on a list to be approached by a specific volunteer. Half the money went to monthly prizes and half to paying the area debt payment.

Hockey Outdoors – Last Season

  • Nov 1971 Hockey Coaches (Outdoors):
        • Midget: Marvin Bjornstad, Harvey Aarbo
        • Bantam: Marvin Bjornstad, Harvey Aarbo
        • Pee Wee: Ralph Mann, Bob Krawchuk, David Petrosky
        • Tom Thumbs: Ed Soldan, Steve Andrishak, Ray Hellquist
        • Atoms: A. Boratynec, R. Onusko, P. Grykuliak