- Acquires Three-Pad Ice Rink Facility in Illinois -

BURNABY, BC, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Canlan Ice Sports Corp. (TSX: ICE), industry-leading providers of recreational and leisure multi sport facilities across North America, today announced that pending court approval, it is expanding its U.S. ice operations with the acquisition of the International Ice Centre ("IIC"), a three-ice sheet, 106,000 square-foot facility, situated on 8 acres of land, currently in operation in the Chicago, Illinois suburb of Romeoville.

"Today's announcement is consistent with our strategy to continue to expand our U.S. operations by acquiring ice and turf sport facilities with significant upside potential at a favourable valuation," said Joey St-Aubin, President and CEO of Canlan Ice Sports. "As a state-of-the-art ice sports complex with ideal demographics and location, we believe the IIC represents an excellent opportunity to apply our proven abilities with programming and customer experience to maximize the potential."

The three-sheet ice sports complex was opened in the fall of 2006 and originally built at a cost of approximately $13.8 million. The facility was developed to service the needs of its main customer: The Huskies Hockey Club, a leading youth and developmental hockey program in the US, as well as provide for youth skating programs and the recreational needs of a rapidly growing Will County. The IIC has recently undergone approximately $450,000 of upgrades and renovations.

As owners and operators of the International Ice Centre, Canlan plans to offer multiple hockey and skating programs, including the Canlan Skating Academy, Hockey Academy and the Adult Safe Hockey League, the world's largest and most successful adult recreational hockey program. Canlan does not plan any business interruption for the existing IIC customers and expects to begin offering its branded programs to complement existing IIC products as early as July. To learn more about Canlan programming, leagues or tournaments please visit or contact Shari Lichterman (VP Eastern Operations) at 416 661-4423 x128 or email at

In addition to three NHL-sized rinks with spectator seating, amenities include training facilities, a 1,500 square foot synthetic goalie and shooting training surface, weight training and cardio equipment, high-end locker rooms, a pro shop, equipment rental, offices, a meeting space, and a food and beverage concession area. The IIC is also home to the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League Chicago Hitmen and the Rampage Women's Hockey Club.

With this acquisition, Canlan now owns or operates 22 facilities across North America with a combined total of 64 ice surfaces as well as indoor soccer fields, ball diamonds, curling rinks and volleyball courts.

About Canlan
Canlan Ice Sports Corp. is the North American leader in the development, operations and ownership of multi-purpose recreation and entertainment facilities. We are the largest private sector owner and operator of recreational ice sports facilities in North America and currently own and/or manage 22 facilities in Canada and the United States with 64 ice surfaces, as well as indoor soccer fields, ball diamonds, curling rinks and volleyball courts.

Canlan Ice Sports Corp. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "ICE."

Caution concerning forward-looking statements
This document contains forward-looking statements, which may be identified by words like "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "intends", "indicates" or similar expressions. These statements are not a guarantee of future performance and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors set forth in reports and other documents filed by the Company with Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time.

SOURCE Canlan Ice Sports Corp.

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Canlan Ice Sports Corp.               TMX Equicom
Michael F. Gellard                Philip Dale
Senior Vice President & CFO               416 815 0700 ext. 253
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