FULLER LAKE ARENA
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ADDRESS

2876 Fuller Lake Road

Chemainus, BC V0R 1K5

 

ARENA WEBSITE - https://www.northcowichan.ca/EN/main/departments/parks-recreation/facilities.html

 

YEAR BUILT - 1968

 

CAPACITY - 900 (600 seating, 300 standing)

DESCRIPTION

Fuller Lake arena is a single ice sheet located in Chemainus, BC. The arena opened on July 1, 1968 with Gordie Howe participating in the opening ceremony.

Fuller Lake Flyers

Fuller Lake Arena was the former home of the Fuller Lake Flyers of the South Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, (now known as the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League) from the 1970 to 1980. Len Meyer of the Flyers still holds the VIJHL single season scoring record with 144 points in 1978-79.

Fuller Lake Alumni

Doug Bodger - Grew up playing minor hockey at Fuller Lake before joining Kamloops of the Western Hockey League in 1982. The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Bodger in the first round, 9th overall, in the 1984 NHL entry draft (Mario Lemieux was the Penguins first overall draft choice in 1984). Bodger played 1071 games over 16 seasons and retired in 1999. His 528 career NHL points is the most by a BC born defenseman. In 2006, Bodger was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and is currently the assistant coach of the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.

Robin Bawa - In 1989-90, Bawa made his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals and become the first player of South Asian descent to play in the National Hockey League. Born and raised in Duncan, he played five years in the Western Hockey League for Kamloops and New Westminster from 1982-1987. Bawa retired in 1999 and will be inducted into the 2020 class of the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Greg Adams - Learned to play hockey at Fuller Lake arena and in his teens skated for the Nanaimo Clippers and the Victoria Cougars. In 1979-80, he scored 61 goals and had 212 penalty minutes for the Cougars. Adams made his NHL debut in 1980-81 and established himself as one the toughest players in the league. He retired in 1990 appearing in 545 games and accumulating 1,173 penalty minutes.

After hockey, Adams moved back to Duncan and has opened six Tim Horton’s restaurants. He also owns LakeTown Ranch in Lake Cowichan, a venue that hosts the annual Sun Fest country music festival.

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