“For those who’ve been around long enough to know, the Old Barn is more than a rink. It’s more than the walls that enclose it or the roof that protects it. It is, rather, the holder of decades upon decades of memories.

“You always have so many stories of what you did there,” says Robert Cardinal of why the recreation centre affectionately known as the Old Barn means so much to the Enoch Cree Nation, a First Nation in central Alberta that hosted a Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast in 2019. “Where you fell down and cut your eye open. Where you scored your first goal. Your first taste of fries and gravy. Everything in that rink just has a memory…. It’s a place that just develops those memories and keeps it going within the community.”….

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