A new part of the Co-operators Centre was introduced to the public on Saturday.
The Regina Pat Canadians Midget AAA hockey organization introduced the Adam Herold Memorial Room to the public at the C2 arena on the weekend, paying tribute to their former captain who passed away in the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy.
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the rink to open the facility to the public.
“Adam meant the world to us. I can’t imagine a player contributing more to a program in two years than Adam Herold did,” said Pat Canadians head coach Darrin McKechnie. “He definitely left his mark and his legacy.”
McKechnie was glowing when explaining how the idea for this room came together and how much it meant to the team.
The space features a lounge area for the players with a television placed up on the wall; through a short hallway lies a therapy room and coaches room across from each other; in the back is where a large equipment office and extra storage is located.
The walls are covered with tributes to the former captain spotlighted by images, portraits, awards and memories.
“The Herold family, along with Hockey Regina, the Pat Canadians and several other sponsors, have constructed this room,” explained McKechnie. “It’s a vision from the Herolds who wanted to give back to the Pat Canadians, and we’re so thankful.”
The revealing coincided with a 4-on-4 hockey tournament which took place on Saturday and Sunday at two ice surfaces at the centre. 15 teams signed up to play in the tournament with players from pro, college and junior ranks skating in memory of Adam.
Players and staff of the hockey club will be utilizing the room for years to come.
“This is going to be here for him to be recognized, so when I’m gone and all these players are gone and somebody walks in here down the road, they are going to get a feel for why this room was built.”