THE Q CENTRE
1767 Old Island Hwy,
Victoria, BC V9B 1J1
ARENA WEBSITE - http://www.westshorerecreation.ca/facilities/theqcentre/
YEAR BUILT - 2004
SEATING CAPACITY - 2,780 (2,300 seats and 480 standing room)
The Q Centre is the second largest arena on Vancouver Island. It is home to the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Westshore Wolves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association.
The arena was originally called Bear Mountain Arena and renamed the Q Centre in 2014 after the naming rights were sold to radio station 100.3 The Q.
The Q Centre was the original home for Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL for the 2004–05 season. Delays in construction of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre forced the Salmon Kings to play their first year at the Q Centre.
In 2007 the Vancouver Canucks held their training camp at the arena.
The Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League hosted two playoff games in 2012 at the Q Centre when the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre was being used for the World Curling Championship.
Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks played a pre-season game at the Q Centre in 2015. The Panorama Recreation Centre won the right to host an NHL pre-season game after winning the 2015 Kraft Hockeyville contest, but their arena was not big enough so the game was moved to the Q Centre.
The rink boards at the Q Centre came from the BB&T Centre in Sunrise, Florida as they were originally used by the Florida Panthers in the their home rink.
The Grizzlies were originally called the Victoria Salsa as owner Sam Kowalko had a chain of Taco Time restaurants. New owners changed the name to Grizzlies for the 2006/07 season.
The Salsa joined the BCHL in 1994 as an expansion team playing out of the old Victoria Memorial Arena. When the Memorial Arena was demolished, the Salsa played their home games at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt until the Q Centre was completed in February 2004.
The Grizzlies hosted the 2009 Royal Bank Cup, won the Island Division Title five times and the league championship in 2001
Matt Pettinger - Born in Edmonton and raised in Victoria, he played two full seasons with the Victoria Salsa before going to the University of Denver on a hockey scholarship. Won a silver with Team Canada at the 1999 World Junior Hockey Championship and a bronze at the 2000 championship. While at the University of Denver, Pettinger was drafted in the 2nd round by the Washington Capitals in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He played 414 career NHL games and moved back to Victoria after retirement where he is now a real estate broker.
Tyler Bozak - Joined the Victoria Salsa in 2004/05 and spent three years with the club. In 2006/07, Bozak recorded 128 points and was awarded the Brett Hull Trophy as the top scorer in the BCHL. After two years with the University of Denver, he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs and spent nine years with the team. Bozak signed with the St. Louis Blues in 2018 and was on their 2019 Stanley Cup team.
Leo, Gerry and Myles Fitzgerald are triplets who played for the Grizzlies from 2012 to 2014. With the Grizzlies, they earned hockey scholarships to Bemidji State University and played there from 2014 to 2018. As children, they appeared in the movie Baby Geniuses and the sequel, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2.