Bill Hunter Arena
9200 - 163rd St., Edmonton, AB, T5J 2N5
The name on this west end arena pays homage to a true Western Canadian hockey legend.
Profile Last Updated: March 14, 2007
The name Bill Hunter is indelibly etched into Edmonton's hockey history. "Wild Bill" Hunter's involvement in local hockey dates back to the days when the biggest game in town was the junior Edmonton Oil Kings. How successful was he with the Oil Kings? The team was a junior A powerhouse and won Memorial Cups in 1963 and 1966. In 1971, Hunter was part of the ownership group that was granted a WHA franchise that played the 1972-73 season as the Alberta Oilers. The team later became the Edmonton Oilers and won five Stanley Cups between 1984 and 1990.
When a proposal came forward recently to rename the Jasper Place Arena to honor Bill Hunter, it was passed unanimously by Edmonton city council. The arena, located in the same complex as the Jasper Place Fitness Centre, is a popular spot for minor hockey games and practices, and also supports ringette, figure skating and public skating programs.
Built in 1963, the arena, formerly known as Jasper Place, can seat up to 1,700 people, plus an additional 200 standing. The rinks can be open during the summer, for those who can't go a few months without the feel of their blades against the ice. If your skates are feeling dull, there is an on-site skate sharpening machine, as well as concession and vending machines for hungry players or spectators.