Island Savings Centre
“The Big Stick”
About the Caps Home:
The Island Savings Centre has been located in the heart of Duncan for close to 40 years. The facility opened in 1978, and for 30 years was known as the Cowichan Community Centre. It was renamed in 2008 after Island Savings donated $1 million to the centre, in exchange for a 10-year naming rights deal. The arena seats 1,350, and including standing room has a capacity of 2,040.
Also renowned as “The Big Stick”, the facility is home to the world’s biggest hockey stick on the east side of the building. This is recognized in the Guinness World Records. The Stick itself was built in 1985 in Penticton, BC, ahead of Expo ’86. After Expo ’86 ended, a society to have the Stick brought to the Cowichan Community Centre was launched and was eventually successful, as it was moved to Duncan on May 21, 1988.
The Big Stick has been home to the BCHL’s Cowichan Valley Capitals for 24 consecutive seasons (since 1993-94), and the facility has been home to the Caps for 30 total years, dating back to the franchise’s inception in the league in 1980.