The heart and soul of the Canadian winter sports movement.
The Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park is the cornerstone of the Canadian Centre for Sport Excellence – an initiative to rejuvenate and modernize WinSport’s infrastructure and facilities. The Athletic & Ice Complex contains:
- The national high-performance sports training centre
- A public sport development centre
- A multi-purpose public plaza
- A 2,500 seat international ice arena (the WinSport Event Centre)
- Three NHL ice surfaces
The high-performance training area includes an extensive fitness area and running track; state of the art sports medicine clinics; high-performance testing laboratories; and office and clinical space for coaches, physicians, physiotherapists, sport psychologists and other training support services. The highly flexible training space includes enclosed sprint tracks, strength training and conditioning equipment, and specialized training spaces for specific sports.
Hockey Canada Event Level
The Hockey Canada Event Level is a suite of spaces which tie into the essence of Hockey Canada’s mandate and mission to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences on an international stage through the value of hard work, determination and the Pursuit of Excellence.
The Player’s Shrine on the Event Level represents the ultimate achievements of Hockey in Canada and is a testament to the players and athletes that made it happen. Gold is the only language spoken in the Shrine and the ultimate motivator of Hockey Excellence. Birdseye maple was chosen to symbolically reflect Canada. The design of the Shrine is all about the prominence of the Gold trophy displays, winning team photos and the top-notch quality of the space which plays host to players from across the globe and serves as a proud backdrop to numerous high profile press conferences.
On either side of the Hockey Shrine are two identical sets of state of the art change rooms, dressing rooms, shower/grooming spaces, coaches offices, and work out facilities. The space has been finished to an NHL standard in order to attract the most gifted athletes to Hockey Canada programs. Extensive multimedia and training tools have been included such as a video classroom, electronic smart boards, and media/interview portals.
Each dressing room features custom player’s benches which encircle the room uniting players for game time. Hockey Canada’s logo is recessed into the custom flooring with a dramatic undulating ceiling overhead. The custom maple veneer player’s benches glow with the built-in LED lighting. Each player has their own hidden storage bench seating, individual ventilation systems, and personalized nameplates.
On October 19, 2022, the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) unveiled its newest franchise – the Calgary Surge, who will kick off their inaugural season in 2023 at the WinSport Event Centre – the official home of the Surge going forward.