• John Jantak

Historic timeline of Pincourt’s efforts to build an arena


After sitting abandoned since 2003, the Pincourt arena fell into disrepair and was often the target of vandals.

The news of a new arena venture among the four Île-Perrot municipalities – L’Île-Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot (NDIP), Pincourt and Terrasse-Vaudreuil – brings to a close Pincourt’s long saga of going it alone to build an arena. What follows is a timeline from The Journal’s archives that lists the major developments that took place beginning in 2003 up until the new arena announcement on January 23, 2020.

2003 - Work on the Pincourt arena stops in a dispute over financing between the town and the builder Cogerex. The contractor launches legal action against the town.

February 2012 – The arena is purchased by the town with the aim of completing the project.

June 2012 – The town requests proposals from interested private parties to finish the arena. Only one proposal is submitted which is accepted and approved by council.

September 2012 – The town announces the arena project will proceed based on the sole private proposal that was received.

November 2012 – Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal announces cancellation of the revived arena project. Cardinal said the conditional arrangement made with private group was not in the town’s best interest.

December 2012 – Mayor Cardinal says residents will not have to shoulder any additional costs related to the arena project after it was revealed the town will have to find a way to come up with $1 million in order to comply with a Quebec Court of Appeal ruling. The total cost incurred is $6 million which includes all legal fees and interest dating back 10 years. In mid-October, the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld a Superior Court decision that ordered the town to pay about $3.2 million to the development firm Cogerex and the National Bank.


January 2013 – A group of private investors announce their plans to build the Alexandre Burrows Sports Complex – named after the former Vancouver Canucks right winger – in neighbouring Notre-Dame-de-l’île Perrot (NDIP). Pincourt says it will go ahead with plans to resurrect its own arena project.

February 2013 – Pincourt fields inquiries from parties interested in reviving the arena project.

March 2013 – Pincourt residents complain to council about the slow progress in moving forward with the project.


The completion of the arena took another step forward after representatives from Groupe Thibault, Rhéaume and Associates signed a 100-year lease agreement with Mayor Yvan Cardinal and other municipal officials in 2013.

June 2013 – The town holds a press conference to announce that former Montreal Canadiens hockey player Jocelyn Thibault and a consortium – Groupe Thibault Rhéaume et Associés – will proceed with plans to resurrect the arena and turn it into a sports complex.

July 2013 – Groupe Burrows announce their plans to proceed with construction of their new sports complex in NDIP. It is tentatively scheduled to open by September 2014.

October 2013 - Groupe Thibault, Rhéaume and Associates sign a 100-year lease agreement with Mayor Yvan Cardinal and other Pincourt officials. The land lease agreement which gives the consortium the right to own and operate the sports centre and a portion of land surrounding the structure for the length of time stipulated. The town will reassume ownership at the end of the lease.

October 2013 – Yvan Cardinal, then running for another term as mayor, said a Quebec Court of Appeal ruling ordering the town of Pincourt to pay over $3 million to the developer, subcontractors and bank involved in the original arena project, will not affect the current project.

November 2013 - Court of Appeal arena decision dominates Pincourt council meeting question period. Residents raise concerns about the potential financial impact for homeowners.

February 2014 – Pincourt announces it will sell the arena lot to Groupe Thibault Rhéaume et Associés for $339,000 plus tax instead of leasing the land to the sports organization as originally planned.


Jocelyn Thibault, President of the Société d’exploitation Sports Sherbrooke (centre), gets ready to drop the puck to stick handlers Mayor Yvan Cardinal and Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs President Diane Schetagne at a press conference to announce the start of construction to complete the long-awaited Pincourt Sports Complex in 2014.

February 2014 – Construction work to complete Pincourt’s long-awaited sports complex finally begins after representatives from the town, Groupe Thibault Rhéaume et Associés and the Commission scolaire de Trois-Lacs, jointly announced their intentions to have the facility operational by September.

February 2014 – Groupe Burrows launches legal action in Quebec Superior Court against Groupe Thibault Rhéaume et Associés. Construction work stops.

June 2014 – Quebec Superior Court rules in favour of the Groupe Thibault Rhéaume et Associés. Construction is set to resume.

July 2014 – Groupe Burrows launches an appeal against the Quebec Superior Court ruling in favour of Groupe Thibault Rhéaume et Associés. Construction is halted again.


Work is put on hold once again in 2015.

September 2015 – Quebec Court of Appeal rules in favour of Groupe Thibault Rhéaume et Associés. Groupe Burrows eventually abandons their plans to build a sports complex in NDIP.

November 2015 – Mayor Cardinal announces Groupe Thibault and Associates will complete the sports complex. Construction is expected to resume and scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2016-17 hockey season. The consortium eventually decides not to proceed with the project.


At this point, the unfinished facility had been plagued with various legal problems for almost 15 years when construction was first halted in 2003.

December 2017 – Pincourt agrees to buy back the arena building from Groupe Thibault Rhéaume et Associés. The arena revival project is officially dead.

October 2018 – Pincourt announces it is considering building a new arena directly across the street from the original abandoned structure on Pincourt Boulevard. It will located next to École secondaire du Chêne-Bleu.

April 2019 – Mayor Cardinal announces Pincourt’s highly-anticipated and long-awaited original arena will be demolished.

January 2020 – The cities of L’Île-Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot, Pincourt and Terrasse-Vaudreuil join forces to apply for grants from the federal and provincial governments to build a new two-rink arena located next to École secondaire du Chêne-Bleu.

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