Centre Étienne Desmarteau

The Centre Étienne Desmarteau is a multi-purpose complex center with two ice rinks in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Centre Étienne Desmarteau
Centre Etienne Desmarteau. Hockey Arena in Montreal.jpg
Address3430 Rue de Bellechasse
LocationMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°33′20″N 73°34′49″W / 45.55556°N 73.58028°W / 45.55556; -73.58028Coordinates: 45°33′20″N 73°34′49″W / 45.55556°N 73.58028°W / 45.55556; -73.58028
OwnerCity of Montreal
CapacityHockey: 2,200 (Caroline Ouellette rink 1)
600 (Jean Trottier rink 2)
Montreal Mission (NRL)


The center is named in honour of Étienne Desmarteau, a Canadian Olympic athlete during the 1904 Summer Olympics. The arena hosted the basketball preliminaries during the 1976 Summer Olympics.[1] Following the Olympics, it is used mostly as an ice hockey venue, while the gyms are used for a variety of sports including indoor soccer, basketball and rhythmic gymnastics.


The first ice rink in the complex has 2,200 seats which took Caroline Ouellette's name.[2][3] The second, smaller rink, the Ice rink Jean Trottier,[4] has a 600-person seating capacity. There are also two Olympic gymnasiums, some changing rooms, and one weights room for training.


It was once home to Le Junior de Montreal hockey team and Les Canadiennes a women's ice hockey team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. The Montreal Mission, a professional team in the National Ringette League, calls the arena home. Furthermore, numerous amateur tournaments are held in it every year.[5] The upstairs gym contains the home of the Club Rythmik Quebec, a very successful rhythmic gymnastics club offering training to rhythmic gymnasts up to international level, as well as recreational, pre-competitive, and parent and child classes.



  1. ^ 1976 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 124-9.
  2. ^ On September 11, 2010, the Centre Etienne-Desmarteau named one of the rinks in the center in Ouellette's honour Archived October 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ journal Rue Frontenac (in French)
  4. ^ Jean Trottier was a social worker who dedicated to help the young people of the Rosemont district. Trottier was the founding president of the Committee of the Rosemont Young people Association, the Comité des Jeunes de Rosemont: , Comité des Jeunes de Rosemont, un peu d'histoire (in French)
  5. ^ (in French) Journal Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, Place aux Filles, le centre Étienne-Desmarteau : le plus occupé de la Coupe Dodge Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, 22 mars 2011

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