Kerry Park Recreation Centre
1035 Shawnigan Mill Bay Road
Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P0
ARENA WEBSITE - https://www.cvrd.bc.ca/2402/Kerry-Park-Recreation-Centre
YEAR BUILT - 1970
SEATING CAPACITY - 750
Located in Mill Bay, Kerry Park Recreation Centre has a regulation size ice arena connected to a four-sheet curling rink. It is the home of the Kerry Park Islanders of the Vancouver Island Hockey League (VIJHL).
Kerry Park Islanders
The Islanders have been part of the VIJHL since 1970. They have won the VIJHL championship (the Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy) seven times, including four between 1990 and 1994. The team went into receivership in 2019, but Carl Ollech purchased the Islanders and have provided financial stability for the franchise.
Matt Ellison is the only member of the Kerry Park Islanders to go on to play in the NHL, appearing in 26 games for Chicago and Philadelphia. He was with the Kerry Park Islanders in 1998-99 and went on to play for the Cowichan Valley Capitals for three years where they retired his number.
Dale Purinton was the head coach of the Islanders from 2012-2014. In his playing career he appeared in 181 NHL games, accumulating 578 penalty minutes. During the NHL lockout in 2004/05, Purinton played 25 games for the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL and was suspended twice by the league. His first suspension was for six games after elbowing a Bakersfield Condor player into the head. His second suspension was for three games when he refused to stop fighting and hair pulling during a game at the Q Centre. Purinton was released by the Salmon Kings after his second suspension.
In 2015, he was arrested for burglary and assault after he broke into a home in New York. He served four months at a maximum security prison. After his arrest he underwent treatment for substance abuse and is outspoken on the effect concussions had on his life. His story is featured in the book Major Misconduct: The Human Cost of Fighting in Hockey by Jeremy Allingham. In September 2016, he joined former players in Washington to speak to lawmakers in an effort to draw attention to head injuries in hockey.