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Popular Brossard ice rink, Les 4 Glaces to close after reaching ‘the end of its economic life’

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After nearly 40 years hosting ice sports for the community of Brossard, the popular  Les 4 Glaces arena will be closing.

Canlan Ice Sports Corp (ICE) the company who owns the building announced they will be selling the four-rink facility.

After a yearly evaluation, Canlan — who operate recreational sports facilities across North America — said in a statement.

“At 39 years old, Les 4 Glaces has reached the end of its economic life as a recreational ice rink,”  said Joey St-Aubin, President and CEO of Canlan Ice Sports Corp.

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Repairs are needed to the ice refrigeration system as well as sustainable work on the building’s roof.

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Estimates for the repairs add up into the millions according to Les 4 Galces general manager Jean- François Caudron.

“I was shocked,”  Caudron said. “I never expected them to come here and announce that we were closing for good.”

Caudron says closing Les 4 Glaces is going affect not only the leagues but minor hockey on the South Shore.

Hundreds of leagues and teams will be displaced by the closure, a reality hockey coach Laurent Lemieux is facing.

“Now we don’t have anywhere to go. For us this is not good news,” Lemieux said.

He has been scrambling to find a new place to hold his practices once the new year comes. He has yet to find a viable option as he says many are too far or already at capacity.

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Located right off Taschereau Blvd., the arena’s property is a prime location.

Listed at $9.9 million, the property is just steps away from the Champlain Mall and a future REM station.

These factors have many believing the lot will be transformed into a condominium development project.

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The real estate company in charge of the sale, Terramont Commercial, has drawn up possibilities for the 250,000-square-foot area.

Those include the condominiums and green space.

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Officials say the announcement of the closure will not affect business.  Les 4 Glaces will be fully operational until May 5, when it is expected to permanently close its doors.

 

 

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