Our Home – Essar Centre
The Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club is proud and privileged to be the main tenant at the beautiful, seven-year old Essar Centre. Located in the heart of downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – the Essar Centre is one of the newest facilities in the entire Ontario Hockey League.
Boasting a capacity in excess of 4,900 – the Greyhounds have held one of the league’s highest capacity rates the past six years with in excess of 3,200 season ticket holders and near sell-outs for each and every one of their 34 scheduled home games.
The building is home to all of the team’s staff (administration and hockey operations) along with the world-class facilities the players use on a daily basis. With an emphasis on establishing an NHL environment, the hockey club created an unmatched dressing room for the player’s use. Featuring individual player stalls, instant video replay capabilities, complete weight training equipment (bikes, free weights), athletic therapy equipment and equipment repairs in-house. The team can take care of all the player’s needs big or small.
In addition, in recent years the hockey club embarked on an intiative to become the leader in off-ice conditioning at the major level. Having all equipment and facilities on site enables team Physiotherapist and accomplished strength & conditioning coach Richard Rotenberg to execute an off-ice conditioning program which has allowed the athlete to maintain and build his strength base during the season while also ensuring that each athlete can avoid basic “wear and tear” injuries. Rotenberg joined the Hounds in the summer of 2011 and hold’s a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Queen’s University.
In order to achieve the best, you have to be able to train, and prepare to be the best, and with the facilities the Soo Greyhounds have put in place it has made that goal easier for our players to accomplish.