Castor


St-Jean Castors

Arena Name: Iberville Palladium
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Built: 1971
Address: 370 rue Lareau, Iberville, QC, J2X 2R6
Last Game: 1984
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
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QMJHL
Iberville Palladium
Iberville Palladium
What was the Arena Like?
Iberville is the town on the eastern banks of the Richelieu River across from St-Jean, and is best known internationally for being the home of the famous racing Villeneuves, Gilles and Jacques. It is certainly not known for its history in the QMJHL, which in actuality only extends to one game, a 5-3 Shawinigan victory over the Castors in February of 1984. That year, a municipal strike had shuttered the Colisée Isabelle-Brasseur, and so the St-Jean Castors played one game across the river in the tiny Palladium.

The Iberville Palladium sits in a residential neighbourhood and is a community rink covered in brown brick and aluminum siding. Inside, there's a pretty typical arena lobby that leads both to the secondary ice pad and out into the main arena bowl. The Palladium is small, with a low ceiling and a few rows of grey-painted bench seating running from goal line to goal line. In fact, every surface is painted battleship grey, which leads to the feeling of dreariness inside - a little colour would go a long way. It's essentially a junior B rink; and while I haven't been able to find capacity figures I'd guess it holds less than a thousand people.

The Palladium is a footnote in QMJHL history, and the league will never return even in extenuating circumstances. Even if St-Jean was to get a team back, another strike would shut the doors of every arena in the area, as municipal reorganization in Quebec has meant that Iberville no longer exists as an independent community.
How To Get There
From A-35: Follow A-35 and exit at boul. d'Iberville. Make an almost immediate left onto rue Lareau and the arena will be on your right.
Inside the Iberville Palladium
Iberville Palladium
What's it Used For Today?
The Iberville Palladium today is home to minor hockey and skating. It is now also known as the Aréna Marcel Larocque.
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