The Road Ends Here: Travel Blog to Portage

PCU Centre in Portage

PCU Centre in Portage

The Vees have made the trip from Penticton to Portage on Thursday, as they arrived in the RBC Cup host city around dinner time. The slogan for the tournament is “The road ends here,” and it does for five teams, as the Vees are battling the host Portage Terriers, Melfort Mustangs, Central champs Soo Thunderbirds and the East reps the Carleton Place Canadians.


A stunning view on the flight over to Calgary


It was an early start, as the team met at the rink just before 7 am PST, before busing up to YLW for a connecting flight to Calgary. After a short layover in Calgary it was a 90-minute flight to a grey and rainy Winnipeg. From there the Vees hopped on a bus to make the 50-minute trek due west to Portage.

A sizable Hockey Canada jersey hanging in the foray at the PCU Centre

A sizable Hockey Canada jersey hanging in the foray at the PCU Centre

We headed straight to the rink in Portage and boy, what a facility they have here. The PCU Centre is four-years old if I’m not mistaken and has the main rink, a second ice sheet, a pool and full gym all under one roof. The Vees players were gushing about their dressing room setup and the rink itself, as they had time to get familiar with their new surroundings.


The new wrap on the front of the door to one of the two dressing rooms the Vees get at the RBC Cup

I got a chance to have a look around and this is one of the nicer facilities I’ve been able to walk through. Clean, large and modern dressing rooms for the players; tones of space. Roomey hallways for the busy foot traffic that comes with a national championship tournament.

There’s around 1600 seats I’m told and room for another 300 or so in standing room sections. There’s a walking track that circles the rink at the top of the concourse and that walking track, is a buffer between the seats and press boxes and suites. There’s three press boxes down one side and three suites on the opposite side of the rink; well thought out.


A visual map of the journey to Portage


Lots of banners and wraps around the building reminding you this is the site of the 2015 National Junior ‘A’ Championship. I’ll have more pictures on Friday, as the Vees head down to the rink for their first practice and it’s picture day as well.


About CBeauchemin

Director of Broadcasting & Communication for the Penticton Vees
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One Response to The Road Ends Here: Travel Blog to Portage

  1. Jean Mitchell says:

    Fraser, interesting info about their rink & good pics, too. We’re excited back here in Penticton! It’s good that you keep in touch; kinda makes us feel that we’re a part of all this, even though we can’t be there in person!

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