The Guy Lafleur Arena plays its future

At a time when we are exploring ways to honor Guy Lafleur’s memory, the dilapidated arena that bears his name in his hometown may be disappearing, worrying citizens and elected officials.

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“It’s a very outdated arena,” explains Benoit Lauzon, mayor of Thurso, the town where Guy Lafleur grew up. At the moment, with the Guy Lafleur Arena, you never know from year to year whether it will reopen in the autumn. »

Built in 1948, this arena saw the first and last skates of the Canadian No. 10 to die on Friday. The place was renamed to his name in 1990.

Today, the entire building, including the refrigeration system, is at the end of its useful life and needs to be “refurbished”, explains the mayor. This would cost $1.5 million, while a second option to add an ice rink at a future multipurpose center would represent a $9 million investment.


Guy Lafleur Arena

Screenshot, TVA Nouvelles

With uncertainty hanging over this building, Quebec is planning to rename Highway 50 in honor of the blonde demon, and the city of Montreal is also planning to dedicate a space to him.

A scenario without an arena?

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Several citizens also fear a scenario in which their 3,000-inhabitant city would be without an ice skating rink. The day before yesterday, a petition with over 1,100 signatures was submitted to the municipal council, expressing this concern.

“Not having a stadium in Guy Lafleur’s town is nonsense,” lamented signatory Guylaine Lauzon.

In the weekly Information about the small nation On April 11, the mayor reiterated that the presence of an arena in the multifunctional center project planned by the city was no longer guaranteed.

“There are currently two options on the table,” the mayor said in an interview The newspapereither to renovate the Guy Lafleur Arena or to build an ice rink in the future multifunctional centre.

Still, Thurso could soon be without an ice rink for “a year or two,” depending on the condition of the building.

Other ringtones

After two other elected officials to whom The newspaper spoke, there is no guarantee for the future of an arena in Thurso.

“You have to think of everything. It’s about whether we’re going to have a strong back for that,” Councilor Mélanie Boyer said of the amounts that would have a significant impact on council taxes.

“We have a responsibility as a council to explore all possible avenues to run an arena in Thurso,” said Councilor Daniel Lafleur, whose cousin was Guy Lafleur.

Elected community officials met yesterday to discuss, among other things, the future of the Guy Lafleur Arena and citizens will soon be able to vote on it in a public consultation.

In the weekly Information about the small nation On April 11, the mayor reiterated that the presence of an arena in the multifunctional center project planned by the city was no longer guaranteed.

“If we don’t have an arena, what are we offering to the population? We will offer something different,” he told the local newspaper.

IN HIM ALREADY PLACES

  • Guy Lafleur Street (Thurso)
  • Place Guy Lafleur (Thurso)
  • Guy Lafleur Arena (Thursday)
  • Statue of Guy Lafleur (Bell Centre, Montreal)
  • Statue of Guy Lafleur (Videotron Centre, Quebec)

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