The City of Greater Sudbury is seeking the public’s feedback on a proposal to rename the Garson Arena after former Greater Sudbury resident and hockey hall of famer George Armstrong.
The Nickel Centre Minor Hockey Association put forward a formal request earlier this year to rename the Garson Community Centre and Arena as the George Armstrong Community Centre and Arena.
The centre’s current name is “generic,” according to a nomination form submitted by the Nickel Centre Minor Hockey Association, which has proposed the new name, George Armstrong Arena and Community Centre.
“In the spirit of Indigenous culture and recognition” in the City of Greater Sudbury, “and due to the fact that George Armstrong had an incredible career as a professional hockey player of Indigenous descent,” they said the centre should be renamed after him.
Armstrong was a resident of the Greater Sudbury area, and is a “role model to all children, but more so for children of Indigenous descent,” according to the nomination form, which also notes that Armstrong’s NHL banner hangs in his hometown arena.
Those interested in commenting on the renaming of the Garson Community Centre and Arena, can share their feedback at overtoyou.greatersudbury.ca before June 30, 2023.
The renaming of the Garson Community Centre and Arena will be the focus of a community meeting at the arena (100 Church St., Garson) on June 15, from 6-7:30 p.m.