Major Announcement from Saints and Northlands

The Spruce Grove Saints will take part in the sendoff of Northlands Coliseum.

The Saints will be a part of the final competitive league game in Northlands Coliseum.

The announcement was made this morning with President & CEO of Northlands Tim Reid standing alongside President of the Spruce Grove Saints Ryan Smyth as they outlined what would be known as the "Farewell Weekend" for the coliseum.

On December 15th, the Spruce Grove Saints will square off with the Okotoks Oilers for a regular season game.

One News was able to talk with President Ryan Smyth about the event and what it means for the organization. He notes, "It's not only great for the Saints but it's great for the league, the AJHL and overall, obviously there's some history with the rink, it's going to be great for these young kids to cap it off".

Smyth also took the time to reflect on the memories in the old barn from watching Gretzky's final Stanley Cup, to his own final game at Rexall, but he said it was too hard to pinpoint one key moment out of so many. He adds, "Ex-Saints have paved the way for players like myself to play, like Mark Messier, the good fortune to be out in the coliseum in Northlands and be a part of so many great events, and at the end of the day the opportunity came up and I thought what a better way to pass it off to some of these young kids who have been playing really well this year".

The game is free entry and is organized with the help of charities including the Spruce Grove Kinettes Club who will be accepting donations. As the final game in the coliseum, Smyth is just hoping for an outpouring of attendance as he says, "We're just hoping people support this final so called weekend that Mr. Tim Reid has accommodated us".

In addition the the game, there will also be a public skate on Saturday and a final closing ceremony on Sunday to cap off the weekend.


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