|Location||3969 Portage Avenue
|Broke ground||July 2009|
|Owner||True North Sports & Entertainment Limited|
|Construction cost||$26.6 million CAD
($27.4 million in 2013 dollars)
|Capacity||Winnipeg Free Press Arena - 1,350
Assiniboine Credit Union Arena - 225
Red River Co-op Arena - 225
RE/MAX Arena - 225
Winnipeg Jets (NHL) 2011-present
The MTS Iceplex and Hockey Canada Centre of Excellence is an ice hockey facility located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The 172,000-square-foot (16,000 m2) building, which opened in August 2010, is owned and operated by True North Sports and Entertainment, which also owns the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League. The Jets use the Iceplex as their practice and training facility.
The MTS Iceplex, originally known as the True North MoosePlex Hockey Canada Centre, was built on time and within its budget, at a cost of $26.6 million Canadian. The federal and provincial governments contributed $11.7 million, while True North covered the remaining $14.9 million. In exchange for public funding, True North guaranteed use of the facility to local amateur and recreational hockey teams.
In April 2010, True North entered a naming rights agreement with MTS, and the facility was renamed the MTS Iceplex. MTS owns the naming rights to both of True North's facilities, the other being the MTS Centre.
The MTS Iceplex is open year round and consists of four arenas, each with an NHL regulation size ice surface. Each rink is sponsored by a local business: the Winnipeg Free Press Arena seats 1,350 spectators, while the RE/MAX, Assiniboine Credit Union, and Red River Co-op Arenas seat 225 each. The Iceplex also features dryland training facilities, 22 dressing rooms, a pro shop, a restaurant and bar, conference rooms, and office space for Hockey Manitoba, Hockey Canada, and True North. The complex is located just outside the west Perimeter Highway, next to Assiniboia Downs, Pointe West AutoPark, and the Red River Exhibition grounds.
The MTS Iceplex was one of three venues that hosted the 2011 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, a major international hockey tournament held by Hockey Canada each winter. It was slated to host the 2012 tournament as well, but Hockey Canada, at the request of True North, decided to relocate the tournament to Windsor, Ontario in June 2011.
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