College Francais

Verdun Collège Français

Arena Name: Aréna Salaberry
Built: 1936
Rebuilt: 2011
Address: 158 rue Nicholson, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC, J6T 2Y1
Only Game: 1993
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Aréna Salaberry
Arena Salaberry
What was the Arena Like?
The QMJHL's website is a brilliant and maddening one. The league has posted all of their gamesheets online dating back to the league's founding, which enabled a bored completist to go through it on a boring afternoon back in 2009 and discover, to his horror, that the Verdun Collège Français played one lousy game at something called the "CEGEP de Valleyfield" back in November of 1993. One small problem, though: the CEGEP de Valleyfield is an educational institution, and a hockey arena with spectator seating does not appear to be one of their particular strengths.

So, following an embarrassing amount of research, I eventually concluded that our mystery building was the Arena Salaberry, in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec. Why the Verdun College Francais chose to play one game at a tiny, out of the way arena in a town nearly an hour's drive west of Verdun remains a mystery, but no matter - the Q played a game at the Arena Salaberry in 1993, which meant that the next time I was back in Montreal, I had to visit.

What I found, a mere five years after discovering the oversight, was a new arena built on top of an old one. Interestingly, when the original 1930's superstructure was about ready to fall down on itself like the rest of Quebec's aging infrastructure, the town of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield kept the original ice surface and seating bowl intact and demolished the rest of the building. Then, they built a new structure around the old ice and seating. What stands today on the site is an arena with modern amenities, dressing rooms, and the like, but still has three rows of ancient seats surrounding the ice surface (along with a new upper deck). It still kind of sort of feels like an old building, particularly when you're stuck in a battered old wooden seat.

So kudos, city of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, for maintaining the old while building new around it, and let us hope the QMJHL's website does not hold any future grand surprises that would necessitate updating a creaky old website.
Inside the Aréna Salaberry
Arena Salaberry
How To Get There
From the West on A-20: Exit at Highway 201, boul. Mgr. Langlois. Proceed east into the city, and turn right on rue Alexandre. Turn right on ave. du Parc, which will dead-end in the arena parking lot.

From the East: Cross the St. Lawrence on A-30 and take A-530 until the freeway ends. Turn right on rue des Érables, then left on boul. Ste-Marie. Turn right on boul. Jacques-Cartier and then left on ave. du Parc, which will dead-end in the arena parking lot.
What's it Used For Today?
The Aréna Salaberry is home to minor hockey and the Valleyfield Braves junior B team.
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at email and I'll update the guide.



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Last Revised: April 2, 2014