FULLER LAKE ARENA
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ADDRESS

2876 Fuller Lake Road

Chemainus, BC V0R 1K5

 

ARENA WEBSITE

 

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 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 1970s to 1980s. 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 Pittsburgh's first overall draft choice in 1984). Bodger played 1071 games over 16 seasons and retired in 1999. His 528 career NHL points are 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 debut with the Washington Capitals and became the first player of South Asian descent to appear in an NHL game. Born and raised in Duncan, he played five years in the Western Hockey League for Kamloops and New Westminster from 1982-1987 before signing as a free agent with the Capitals. Bawa retired in 1999 and was inducted into the 2020 class of the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Bawa's son, Arjun Bawa, was drafted in 2020 by the Red Deer Rebels.

Greg Adams - As a kid, Adams learned to skate and play hockey at Fuller Lake Arena. His best year in junior was 1979-80 with the Victoria Cougars when he scored 61 goals and picked up 212 penalty minutes. Bypassed in the NHL entry draft, he signed a free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. On January 17, 1981, he made his NHL debut and scored two goals for the Flyers against the Boston Bruins. In his ten-year NHL career, Adams established himself as one the toughest players in the league. He retired in 1990 racking up 1,173 penalty minutes in 545 games.

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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