Dutton Memorial Arena - Final skate on original ice
Fans in the stands, players on the ice and anyone with a tie to our School and to SJR hockey could feel the passion coming from Dutton Memorial Arena yesterday. Not only did the High School Boys’ team send themselves to the finals with an 8-2 victory, but it was also the last game played on the original ice at Dutton.
Thousands of games have been played on this ice and thousands more will be played on the new rink to come. Stay tuned for the first skate on the new Dutton Memorial Arena ice, which will mark the beginning of a new era.
We are thrilled to announce that the Athletic Centre Revitalization Project is running full speed ahead.
The Tom Bredin Athletic Centre, which includes the Reimer Gymnasium, the Riley Fitness Centre and our arena, is the envy of many schools across Canada and beyond. During the 50th anniversary year of the Dutton Memorial Arena in 2017, we established that our arena requires significant structural work and maintenance. The Board of Governors then created a Task Force to explore the options that would enable us to rejuvenate Dutton Memorial Arena and further enhance our athletic offerings.
The core elements of the project are the refurbishment of the arena to include a reconfigured NHL-sized rink, with the option to convert to a field house with artificial turf, five new changing rooms, a spectator viewing area situated above the new changing rooms, a new ice plant and significant structural upgrades to the building envelope that will ensure the future of the arena for another 50 years. A newly expanded entrance to the building will replace the silo and provide upgraded access to the entire athletics complex, including an elevator and storage facilities.
The new arena will also have an expanded capacity that will enable us to host indoor events for up to 1,000 people. This outstanding new indoor facility will prove particularly invaluable to our community.
SJR is proud to be accredited and affiliated with several local, national and international educational organizations.
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.