It came straight out of the Saddledome and onto the ice of the Hussar Arena.
The Hussar Agricultural Society will soon have a new ice surfacing machine thanks to the generosity of Cenovus.
On Thursday afternoon, a representative of Cenovus presented the Hussar Ag Society with a donation of $50,000 to go towards the purchase of a new ice surfacing machine.
“It is going to be really nice," said Kailee Dundas, secretary of the Hussar Ag Society. “It keeps the ice better, it’s easier to run, and it is energy efficient.”
The Hussar arena will be celebrating its 10th anniversary, and there is a healthy amount of minor hockey and recreational hockey being played in the arena. There are also figure skating and power skating programs.
This year they are also reviving the ringette program after about 15 years. This is close to Dundas’ heart as she played for Team Canada.
“We are super excited to have it,” she said.
Dundas adds the arena is for everybody; a place for kids to dream and teenagers to blow off steam, and for adults wanting to get in better shape.
The ice surfacing machine is a 2008 Olympia, and has a laser levelling system to produce high quality ice efficiently. It replaces a unit that has nearly 30 years of service.
Leanne Courchesne of Cenovus said the donation is in line with how Cenovus operates.
“It’s giving back to a community where we live and operate for youth and all people to use. Recreation, health and safety, and well being are key components, and we are very happy to give back to that,” said Courchesne.