The St. Malo Arena held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new ice plant project on Friday, January 20, in front of residents of the area and fans of the St. Malo Warriors.  

Reeve Darrel Cure notes that the Rural Municipality of De Salaberry invested over $600,000 for the replacement of the ice plant and dehumidifiers in the St. Malo Arena, “which gives a better experience for visitors watching the game”. 

He says, “It is important for our communities to have access to recreational facilities such as the St. Malo arena to provide a space for various activities.”  

Cure notes that St. Malo is the hometown of several professional hockey players, and he hopes others will follow in their footsteps. The replacement of the Ice Plant and the addition of dehumidifiers will also help to expand the ice season. 

He says the RM is grateful to the Manitoba Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) Program and MP Dennis Smook, for their funding contributions. 

Other contributors to the upgrades at the St Malo arena include: 

BSC for up to $271,105.  

The Manitoba Metis Federation $21,500 

Caisse Groupe Financier $12,000 

St. Malo Chamber of Commerce $10,000 

Hylife $10,000 

Village Connection $5,000 

As well as individual donations of $1,526, plus a donation in memory of Laurent Lambert for $1310. 

The St. Malo ice plant replacement is the first phase of many to modernize the arena and to advance climate priorities by improving energy efficiency, reducing GHG emissions, and enhancing the climate resilience of our building.  

Cure says, “We are thankful to have this project complete and want to thank all the organizations that helped sponsor the project.”