Island Savings Centre

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Island Savings Centre
Island Savings Centre
Former names Cowichan Community Centre (1978–2008)
Location 2687 James Street
Duncan, British Columbia
V9L 2X5
Coordinates 48°46′58″N 123°42′11″W / 48.78278°N 123.70313°W / 48.78278; -123.70313Coordinates: 48°46′58″N 123°42′11″W / 48.78278°N 123.70313°W / 48.78278; -123.70313
Owner City of Duncan
Operator Cowichan Valley Regional District
Capacity Ice hockey: 2,040
Concert: 731
Broke ground July 13, 1978
Opened December 9, 1978
Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL) (1980-1984, 1988-1990, 1993-Present) Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics (BCGS) (2000-Present)

The Island Savings Centre[1] (formerly the Cowichan Centre) is a recreational centre serving Duncan, British Columbia. It has a pool, theater, arena, and gymnasium. It was built in 1978, on the former site of the Cowichan Curling Rink.[2] Island Savings, "Vancouver Island's Credit Union", donated $1 Million CDN to the centre in exchange for a 10-year naming rights deal.

Cowichan Theatre[edit]

The Cowichan Theatre is a 731-seat theatre.[3] It is the primary venue for large plays in the Cowichan Valley. The Theatre is the tallest part of the building (dwarfing the Hockey Stick), as it is the big rectangle box when seen from the outside.

Cowichan Aquatic Centre[edit]

The Cowichan Aquatic Centre[4] is the new swimming pool facility for North Cowichan, completed for the 2008 North American Indigenous Games. Controversy has arisen due to the building site, as it blocks the World's Largest Hockey Stick from sight when travelling northbound on Route 1

Cowichan Valley Arena[edit]

Island Savings Centre
The Stick
2007 picture of the interior, showing the plastic seats
Location 2687 James St. Duncan, BC
Owner City of Duncan
Capacity Hockey: 2,040 (1,350 seated)[5]
Opened 1978
Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL) (1980-1984, 1988-1990, 1993-Present)

The Cowichan Valley Arena is a 2,040-seat multipurpose arena in Duncan, British Columbia, adjoined to the Island Savings Centre. It is home to the Cowichan Valley Capitals ice hockey team of the British Columbia Hockey League. Next to the Arena is the Island Savings Gymnasium.

The Heritage Hall is a large hall upstairs connected to the Arena; it is a "Hall of Fame" for the Capitals and all the professional hockey players who come from Duncan.

Vancouver Canucks[edit]

The Vancouver Canucks have hosted their Training Camp at least three times in Duncan, 1980, 1984 and 1986.

"World's Biggest Hockey Stick & Puck"[edit]

Mounted on the eastern wall of the arena is a 62 m (205 ft) Hockey Stick, and Puck; the stick was declared the World's Biggest by Guinness World Records. Built in 1985, at Penticton, British Columbia, and modelled after Tony Tanti's stick, The Stick & Puck originally adorned the entrance to Expo '86, albeit a slightly different pose, beside the "Largest Flagpole". A society to get the Stick to Duncan was launched after Expo 86 ended, the attempt was successful and funds were obtained to pay for the dismantling, transportation, and reconstruction of the stick. The Stick was dedicated on May 21, 1988, 2 years and 1 day after Expo '86 opened.

The Stick dwarfs the one at Eveleth, Minnesota by 29 metres (Eveleth's is 33 m/110 ft), however Guinness originally said the Minnesota hockey stick was the largest as it was constructed from pure wood, while the Expo stick had a steel framework. On July 12, 2008, they reversed their decision and the Duncan stick was declared the world's largest.

Arena upgrades[edit]

On November 2008, the Capitals & the Island Savings Centre Commission jointly bought a Centaur Products H-2105 scoreboard to bring the arena up to Junior "A" standards. The Island Savings Centre joins a growing list of BCHL arenas to have a centre-ice hung scoreboard.[6]

Arena image gallery[edit]


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  2. ^ Common knowledge of the late 1950s tells of a "Curling Rink" located where the arena is
  3. ^ PDF File
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  5. ^ The Cowichan Citizen newspaper had an article about the installation of the seats in 2007. It said "1,350 plastic seats" specifically
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