The community of Perdue was left without a rink for three seasons after their facility burnt down in May 2015. Since then, the village has built a new arena from the ground up.

Skates hit the ice for the first time in Perdue this past Tuesday, when the arena officially opened their doors.

"There were people showing up right after school, a couple of adults and kids for public skating and hockey practices. We're pretty excited," said Michael Gray, Vice Chair of the Rebuild Committee.

Despite not having a facility, Gray said most of the hockey players in Perdue kept at it, "We've had hockey teams the whole time, even without the rink." Perdue teams rented ice in other nearby towns, while some of the kids played with other teams.

The new rink is a steel frame structure, which is vastly different from the old wooden arch arena. Construction crews broke ground the facility in the summer of 2016.

"It was engineered and contracted for the steel erection part of the building, sub-contracting for the electrical and plumbing and then the rest was done by volunteer work from around the community... Everybody just pitched in, which was a huge in cost saving," said Gray.

The building was an estimated $1.7 million project, which has been paid in full thanks to fundraising, donations and insurance.

Perdue is wasting no time getting back on the ice. The village's minor hockey day will be this Saturday, starting at 11:00AM. There will be four minor hockey games, including the beginners, novice, atom and peewee teams, followed by the Senior Perdue Pirates versus the Spirtwood Timberwolves at 8:00PM.

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