SIMMONS ARENA HISTORY
The Simmons Sports Centre was constructed in 1972-73.
The land was a generous gift from the Simmons Family who had operated a successful beverage manufacturing company nearby. The Simmons Family had donated the land with a stipulation it be used for community sporting facilities.
With philanthropy the intent is to pass on something to others in better condition than how you received it when something is accepted or developed. This endowment was to be passed onto other generations in better condition so many future residents and community users could enjoy this property. On that premise, our City should honor this legacy and historical property by enhancing it for many more years!
After the land donation was gifted by the Simmons family, The City of Charlottetown was listed as the owner on the permit application for the swimming pool in 1973 following the donation.
Associated Designers Incorporated of Fredericton, New Brunswick was retained as the architects [December 1971].
Square K Construction was the builder of the rink.
The swimming pool, opened on Friday, August 10, 1973, was built by B.L. Construction and funded by the Centennial Commission and the Winter Works Fund
CMHA & SPUD TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Vaive family founded this prestigious hockey tournament over 40+ years ago, still to this day, its is one of the largest minor hockey tournaments in the region. It includes 64 teams from across Atlantic Canada from atom, peewee, bantam & midget divisions.
Bringing this tournament back to Simmons would keep the legacy that was left and honour this great Charlottetown tradition and family event.
The list of players who have played in the event in the past includes Brad Richards, Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon, Brad Marchand, David Ling, Jason MacDonald, Adam McQuaid, Noah Dobson & many other notable players!