In a press conference today, Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson announced a final $69 million investment in a brand-new training centre for the National Team.
The project's total budget is $280 million.
The Canadian government, along with the city of Calgary and private investors, are contributing the funds.
The centre will help coordinate the training camps held by the National Team before major international events. Nicholson said that Hockey Canada expects the centre to be completed in time for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The first phase of the project includes the construction of two rinks—one built according to international dimensions and the other built according to National Hockey League standards.
This is a very intuitive move by Hockey Canada that I personally applaud.
The complex will also contain space for Hockey Canada offices. The centre will be located in Calgary, a stone's-throw away from Calgary University.
All told, the centre will prove to be an important structure for Canadian hockey, as the coordination and quality of the National Team's preparation for international events should be greatly improved. The project will most definitely benefit Calgary University as well.
If nothing else, the centre should help Canada stay on top of international hockey for years to come. Bring on the Russians, Czechs, Swedes—and those Americans!