Souris rink collapses under snow

Steve Sharratt
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SOURIS – The old ice palace that served regional hockey needs for over 50 years here collapsed Sunday night.

Local resident Lisa Mooney checks out the damage caused by heavy snow on the roof of the old Souris rink.

Laden with snow, the old rink in the heart of the town went down with barely a squeak.


“I don’t think anyone even heard a sound,’’ said Lisa Mooney. “No one knew until this morning.”


The 35-metre building was replaced as a hockey rink years ago and was turned into a variety of shops and stores selling everything from carpets to woodworking.


However, building owner Alan MacPhee has used the space for storage the last few years. There were no injuries, but officials have taped off the building to prevent anyone from entering and those with goods inside are coping with the loss.


“I don’t imagine it will be fixed,’’ said Mayor David MacDonald. “It will more than likely be torn down when the snow finally leaves.”


The snow is so high against the walls this winter it is actually holding the building together.


The old rink is across from the Bluefin restaurant behind the town’s Main Street post office.


“People are getting worried about the heavy snow and there would be lots of work available if someone out there would hire out,’’ said Rhonda Gallant, owner of the Evergreen Café across the road. “A lot of older folks can’t clear this snow.”


As well as business storage, the old rink was rumoured to be storing a few summer time cars and one section was used by a homeowner drying cedar for summer building plans.


“I pretty well learned to skate here,” said Mary LaBrech who now lives in Alberta and taking photos Monday afternoon. “I can remember all the rink rats and the days when Basil Lavie ran the place.”

Geographic location: Alberta

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