The first “Palladium-Corel Centre-Scotiabank Place-Canadian Tire Centre” hockey game

It’s hockey season in Canada again. The Ottawa Senators will play their first home game (pre-season) this Thursday.

Do you know who played in the first hockey game at the Canadian Tire Centre site? Do you think it was the Ottawa Senators? The Ottawa 67’s maybe? Good guesses, but nope.

Ladies and gentlemen, I was among those who played in the first ever hockey game at the Palladium-Corel Centre-Scotiabank Place-Canadian Tire Centre site. Yes, you read that right. Here’s the proof:

First hockey game at the Palladium site.
All photos courtesy of Daniel Allard and Paul Huppe for
In Your Face.

That’s me to the left, standing under the sign.

Palladium sign 1 - Dec 1992 - 1

Okay, so the building wasn’t actually built yet, and we weren’t even wearing skates, but we won’t quibble about that. It was hockey, and it was at the site where the Senators play.

In 1992, I worked for what was then Maclean Hunter Cable TV (later Rogers TV), and my co-workers produced a show called In Your Face. The producers, Daniel Allard and Paul Huppe (with contributions from Mike Waterhouse) put together a comedy show of unusual undertakings, skits and on-street interviews. One of the unusual undertakings was the first ever hockey game at the Palladium site.

We arrived on site with road hockey nets and jerseys the Ottawa Senators supplied for two teams. After Paul’s father sang the national anthem (You can’t have a hockey game without a national anthem, now can you?) we were underway.

Here I am making a fine hip-check on my co-worker, Stan Newton.

He was wearing a Buffalo Sabres jersey. He deserved it.

He was wearing a Buffalo Sabres jersey. He deserved it.

Here’s, Dan Allard, making a great save.

PH work - Cable - IYF Palladium 1 - Dec 1992 - 2

You won’t find it in the record books, but it’s true nonetheless. Long before Wade Redden and Chris Phillips defended our goal, and long before the Anaheim Ducks broke our hearts in 2007, and long before Daniel Alfredsson brought his class act to our ice and to our city, we were there.

Oh yeah, baby, thanks to Paul and Dan (with contributions from Mike Waterhouse) we were first.

Arlene, Paul, Dan, Shahid, and the Sens' Zamboni Man

The best team: Arlene, Paul, Dan, Shahid, and the Sens’ Zamboni Man

The other team: Jason, Stan, a mystery goalie, Wendi and Scott

The other team: Jason, Stan, Paul, Wendi and Scott


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

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