Bruderheim came together on Monday (December 12) to unveil the fresh look and new name for the community arena.
After many months of hard work and planning, Bruderheim unveiled the Karol Maschmeyer Arena.
"Over the years, Bruderheim has had some great volunteers and none-more-so than the Maschmeyer family, they've done great work in our community," said Bruderheim's mayor, Karl Hauch. "It's all about partnerships and partnering with the Maschmeyer family to make the Bruderheim arena look great has been a great effort."
The arena's namesake, Karol Maschmeyer, moved to Bruderheim to join her husband in the early 1960's and quickly made Bruderheim their home. Karol's children were heavily involved in sports with her two boys playing hockey and her daughter playing ringette.
"She is very competitive, if you asked who we got any athletic ability from, I don't think my father would deny it, it came from my mother Karol," said one of Karol's sons, Arlan Maschmeyer. Her 14 grandchildren all play hockey and have played at some time at the Bruderheim arena.
Karol passed away on December 29, 2015.
For the family, the arena always feels like home when they drive by. That love of the arena and the love for Karol is what prompted the family to give back.
"Karol wouldn't have wanted us to, she was very humble publicly, but very determined and always set goals, not only for the kids but for herself and her husband," added Arlan.
Thanks to a sizable but undisclosed donation from the family, renovations were also made to the building and included new paint to the exterior, new roofing over the foyer, a hockey heroes room featuring multiple glass casings to house the memorabilia (of local hockey heroes) and new signage above the entrance.
The day featured a ribbon cutting ceremony with dignitaries and members of the Maschmeyer family, public skating, tours, cake, a silent auction and a meet and greet with members of the Canadian Women's National Hockey team, including Emerance Maschemeyer (granddaughter of Karol Maschmeyer).
The arena is home to the Bruderheim Bruins Minor Hockey teams with public skating and various meeting rooms available.