Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena
Central Mountain facility received major updates in 2005, home
to Red Wings
Originally built as the Mountain Arena in 1966, this 2500-seat
arena has been the scene of many amateur and semi-professional
hockey clubs over the past 40-plus years.
Some of the teams to play at the Hester Street facility include
the Hamilton Fincups, who during their turbulent four-year association
with the city played one season, 1977-78, before the franchise
went to Brantford.
Another OHL club, the Hamilton Steelhawks, played its 1984 season
in the facility before it went to the new Copps Coliseum.
In 2005 the facility received a $3.1 million renovation, mostly
for behind-the-scenes updates such as the main lobby, expanded
dressing rooms, new concession areas, and general enhancements.
It was also at this time the facility was renamed the Dave Andreychuk
Mountain Arena in honor of the Hamilton-born hockey star, who played
in the NHL over 20 years, most notably with the Buffalo Sabres
and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Along with a large figure skating program, the arena is also home
to the Hamilton Red Wings Junior A Hockey Club.