City renames Gold Ice surface to the Murray Buchanan Ice

Nov. 27, 2017 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – The City of Airdrie is proud to officially present the Murray Buchanan Ice (formally the Gold Ice surface) at the Ron Ebbesen Arena on Saturday Dec. 9, 2017 with a commemorative puck drop.

The Gold Ice surface is being renamed the Murray Buchanan Ice in recognition of the outstanding contributions Buchanan made to the City of Airdrie. Buchanan was a long time Airdrie Councillor and avid volunteer, devoting his time to organizations such as the Airdrie Minor Hockey Association where he was president for five years, the Airdrie Food Bank, and CARES – an organization that raised money for more ice surfaces in Airdrie. Buchanan played a significant role in the opening of the Ron Ebbesen Arena in 1992.

“Murray exemplified what it means to be an engaged citizen. In addition to his numerous volunteer commitments, Murray devoted 21 years as a City Councillor; he truly had an incredible impact in making Airdrie the great City that it is today,” says Mayor Peter Brown. “He was a dear friend and colleague and his dedication to his community will always be remembered.”

Buchanan was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 that recognizes Albertans whose achievements have benefitted their fellow citizens, their community and their province. In 2010, Buchanan received the Soul of Airdrie award for his outstanding contributions as a volunteer and helping other citizens in the community.

Media and residents are invited to attend the puck drop ceremony and are encouraged to stay for the Airdrie Minor Hockey game. Free popcorn and hot chocolate will be available for spectators.

Date: Dec. 9, 2017
Time: 11:45 a.m. (puck drop)
Location: Ron Ebbesen Arena, 200 East Lake Crescent NE, Airdrie


Media contact:

Michael McAllister
Community Developer
City of Airdrie
403.948.8800 ext. 8776



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