Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are without a home, at least for the next while. The City of Elliot Lake recently decided to — until further notice — close Centennial Arena, which is where the Vikings of the NOJHL play their home games.
Meantime, the City of Elliot Lake and its members of Council are asking local citizens for feedback and opinions on what should be done about the leaky Centennial Arena, which has had issues in the past and which was just recently closed. It was built in 1968.
Media reports say the roof of Centennial Arena has been leaking since March of this year and, earlier this week, acting Mayor Andrew Wannan announced that the City of Elliot Lake had no choice but to close the wooden building after inspecting engineers found issues with it and recommended further investigation.
Now, the City of Elliot Lake is asking for input on information to be delivered at an information session to be announced after further analysis of Centennial Arena is complete on or about September 24.
As for the Vikings, they are on a three game road trip this weekend. The renamed Vikings — formerly the Elliot Lake Red Wings — have played two games thus far this season and have won one and lost the other. The win was a stunning 6-5 come from behind home ice victory over the reigning NOJHL champion Timmins Rock.