Puck-drop ceremony celebrates renovated Ed Meagher Arena
The Ed Meagher Arena — home of Stingers hockey and community sports — has never looked so good. The 47-year-old Concordia building underwent significant renovations, including a new rink that meets professional standards, right down to the curvature of its boards.
On Saturday, February 1, Concordia President Alan Shepard participated in a puck-drop ceremony to celebrate the official unveiling of the renovated arena. He was joined by Daniel Breton, member of the national assembly of Quebec (MNA), who brought greetings from the Government of Quebec.
From left to right: Patrick Boivin, director of Recreation and Athletics, McGill Martlet Darragh Hamilton, MNA Daniel Breton, Richard Meagher, Concordia President Alan Shepard, Concordia Stinger Erin Lally, and VP, Services, Roger Côté. The modernized arena features the latest and most cutting-edge technology on the market today — an eco-friendly carbon dioxide (CO2) ice refrigeration system. | Photo courtesy of Recreation and Athletics
In September of 1966, the Loyola News’s sports editor L. Ian MacDonald (at left), and now editor and publisher of Policy, argued in a column that the new Loyola Arena be named after a 40-year-old coach and teacher called Ed Meagher. He attended the reception prior to the puck-drop and spoke with Ed Meagher’s son Richard. | Photo courtesy of Recreation and Athletics
Director of Recreation and Athletics Patrick Boivin told guests gathered at a reception prior to the puck-drop ceremony that our student-athletes are unique individuals who need our collective support to reach their full potential on the field and in the classroom. | Photo courtesy of Recreation and Athletics
MNA Daniel Breton was on hand to participate in the puck-drop ceremony. The renovations — made possible by a joint investment of $7.75 million from the Government of Quebec and Concordia. The new arena has a brand new rink surface that conforms to National Hockey League specifications. | Photo courtesy of Recreation and Athletics