Here’s the latest arena to be added to RinkAtlas. It’s a place called Shinapest Tooma Memorial Arena in Kawawachikamach, Québec.
We updated @RinkAtlas to add three photos of the Shinapest Tooma Memorial Arena in the Kawawachikamach First Nation, https://t.co/MWmFRH21YY. These photos were contributed by Nicolas Chalifoux of Honco Steel & Joé Juneau. We thank them for helping us put this arena on RinkAtlas. pic.twitter.com/fHpnQOxE9l
— RinkAtlas (@RinkAtlas) January 11, 2018
This is an arena that you cannot reach by car from the populated parts of North America. You either have to take a train from Sept Îlles or you have to fly in to the nearby town of Schefferville.
A number of people have asked, “Why are you focusing on indoor hockey arenas in the Canadian sub-arctic?”
It’s not that I’m focusing on them. It’s that the goal of RinkAtlas is to include every arena in North America where hockey is played. And when I say that, I mean all of them. Not just the arenas that everybody knows about.
Besides that, two men I know through hockey and through my research, Joé Juneau and Nicolas Chalifoux, have worked in or on this arena and they take pride in it. I try to celebrate that as well.