JUAN DE FUCA ARENA
1767 Island Highway
Victoria BC V9B 1J1
YEAR BUILT - 1971
SEATING CAPACITY - 950
Juan de Fuca Arena is part of the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre located on the Old Island Highway in Colwood. The complex has a pool, weight room, library, golf course, soccer fields and a second ice rink at the Q Centre.
Juan De Fuca Gulls
In the 1970’s and 1980's the arena was home for the Juan De Fuca Gulls of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. The franchise disbanded in 1990 with the Gulls winning the league championship once in 1986-87.
Juan De Fuca Whalers
The Sidney Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) moved to Colwood in 1986 and became the Juan De Fuca Whalers. Grant Erickson, former Victoria Cougars assistant coach and NHL player, was the Whalers head coach in 1986/87. The Whalers played at Juan de Fuca Arena for two years before the franchise relocated to the Cowichan Valley in 1988.
Byron Dafoe was born in England and moved to Comox when he was a child. He played two years for the Juan de Fuca Whalers from 1986-1988. He went on to the Portland Winterhawks in 1988 and was a 1989 second round draft pick of the Washington Capitals (The second goaltender picked in the draft). Between 1992 and 2004, Dafoe played 415 games for the Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers. He retired in 2005 and now resides in Kelowna.
Byron's son, Chase Dafoe, attended the Victoria Grizzlies training camp in 2018 and is currently with Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL.
Juan de Fuca Alumni
Tyson Barrie - In 2006/07 Barrie played Midget hockey for the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies (scoring 130 points), appeared in three playoff games with the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL and played seven games with the Kelowna Rockets. From 2007 to 2011, Barrie played four years with the Rockets and was drafted in third round of the 2009 NHL draft by the Colorado Avalanche. In 2010 he won the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the best defenseman in the Western Hockey League. He made his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche in 2012 and is currently with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tyson Barrie is the son of Len Barrie, the former Victoria Cougar player and Tampa Bay Lightning owner.
Tampa Bay Lightning
When Victoria resident Len Barrie bought the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008, one of the first things he did was hold their rookie camp at Juan de Fuca Arena. This was the first training camp for Steven Stamkos, the first overall draft pick of the Lightning in 2008. Tyson Barrie also attended the camp but was not associated with the Lightning since it was one year before he was draft eligible.