Fredericton, New Brunswick
Willi O’Ree Place is a large event based multi-pad arena complex which also includes a local Sports Hall of Fame and YMCA fitness centre.
This facility has the honour of being named after Fredericton native Willie O’Ree who was the first black player in the NHL when he played for the Boston Bruins on January 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. He is a member of the Order of Canada, and the Order of New Brunswick along with being the recipient of numerous other awards. Today, he serves as the National Hockey League’s Director of Youth Development and the ambassador for NHL Diversity.
The facility is fully barrier free and includes two ice pads with 1500 seats in the main arena, and an additional 250 seats in the second pad. It also includes a two lane second floor concourse, walking track, and large multi-purpose community rooms overlooking both ice surfaces. This arena also incorporates large purpose built storage amenities for local sports associations, and is home to the Fredericton High School Boy’s Hockey Team.
*Joint Venture with Murdoch & Boyd Architects