Burnaby 8 Rinks undergoes hilarious name change

Nov 8 2019, 3:06 pm

Burnaby 8 Rinks has a new name, as Canlan Ice Sports announced a new partnership with Scotiabank on Friday.

The 250,000 square foot facility has been renamed “Scotia Barn,” with new signage coming in the next few months.

In a media release, Canlan describes the name change as “synonymous with old time hockey but operated with a modern-day approach.”

And full credit to all parties involved. Sponsorships are inevitable because they help pay the bills, and Canlan could have easily gone with a boring name like “Scotiabank Centre” or something.

But “Scotia Barn”? That may take some getting used to.

“A positive culture, loyal community, and deep love of hockey are just a few distinguishing characteristics that we at Canlan Ice Sports share with Scotiabank,” says Joey St. Aubin, President & CEO, Canlan Ice Sports Corp. “We are very pleased to announce our naming rights arrangement with Scotiabank to create Scotia Barn. This represents two cornerstone companies in the hockey community coming together to support the health and longevity of grassroots hockey in the Vancouver Lower Mainland.”

Built in 1972, the facility logically changed its name from “4 Rinks” to “8 Rinks” after major upgrades resulted in doubling the number of ice surfaces in 1995.

Owned by Canlan since 1986, the facility features six NHL-sized ice rinks, one indoor soccer field, and one dedicated figure skating rink. It is also used regularly by the Vancouver Canucks for practices when the ice at Rogers Arena is unavailable.

As part of the new arrangement, Rink 2 will be renamed the Scotiabank Rink. Scotiabank will also have exclusive title sponsorship of both public skating and Winterfest programs, as well as community programming and events throughout the hockey season, such as Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest on March 29.

A community celebration will also take place in early 2020.