Arena in Point Douglas gets a new name

The new sign at the Charlie Gardiner Arena. Mike Draven / Global News

The Pioneer Arena on Logan Avenue is now the Charlie Gardiner Arena.

It was renamed today in honour of the Winnipeg goaltender who won a Stanley Cup with the 1934 Chicago Blackhawks.

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Gardiner also won the Vezina trophy in 1932.

“He had some pretty amazing accomplishments in his short life. There has been a heritage of sports in our family for years and it’s a great culmination of a lot of work to have this happen today,” said Gardiner’s great-niece, Pam Poulter-Friesen.

A city committee voted unanimously to name the arena after Gardiner.

Gardiner died of tonsillitis shortly after his Stanley Cup victory.


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