“I’ve asked for (the name) on both end boards and I’ve asked if we could change those sometimes if we want to do recognitions for charities,” said Tullio. If you don't see it please check your junk folder. Toronto Star articles, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com. Rocco Tullio Oshawa Generals / OHL - 15/16 Staff Facts Submit Photo Update Profile. “We’ve always got along with the city. “As big as this 170,000 square foot facility is, it’s only a small part of a 100 acre development.”. The hearts in this community, you can’t say enough.”. It just would never happen. "There's days more boring than others, but it's nice just to be around family just glued together, being around my sister, being around my parents. “This hits close to home for me,” Tullio said. It also provided clothing and 14,600 nights of accommodation to men, women and children struggling with poverty. Please try again, 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4. That has never happened and the arena has never generated enough revenue to cover even the operating side. “On behalf of all of us who are meeting this challenge, we hope the community jumps in and helps as well.”. When asked about moving the sports Hall of Fame in July, Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter pointed out that the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame was previously located in the Civic, where the Generals played prior to Oshawa constructing the TCC. Rock Developments president Rocco Tullio donated $300,000 to the project, taking naming rights for the 1,000 seat arena pictured behind Zekelman. He said, with the exception of one junior staff member, no one else has been laid off — which he calls the "right thing to do during this tough economic time.". All The city and the team have been engaged in negotiations over a long-term lease renewal for the Tribute Communities Centre, which is owned by the City of Oshawa. “Barry and I sat down, we had a drink, we’re looking out on the lake wondering, ‘who cares about Lakeshore? “We outgrew the old arena, we outgrew our Puce recreation centre, which was nothing more than an old public school that was 60-70 years old.”. Update Profile Premium. So just getting away from everything once in a while is nice," said Tyler. The owner of the Oshawa Generals and his son — who plays for the same OHL team — don't know what the future might hold in the wake of COVID-19. This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. The next issue of Windsor Star Headline News will soon be in your inbox. “We’ll seek the best value and deal that’s out there and if it means playing in Ajax or playing in Oshawa, we’ll make that decision in the future. The arena operated at a loss of $309,000 in 2019 and generated $4.3 million in gross income with 98 events. “We are always very well supported by Windsor and Essex County. Republication or distribution of this content is “This centre will help people back to wholeness — whatever that means for them. “We have celebrated lots of milestones, but this is certainly one of the biggest.”. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. The negotiations over a new lease did not prevent Oshawa city council from passing a large support package for the Generals’ Memorial Cup bid at a July council meeting. “It’s a … We may not agree on everything, at the end of the day we can’t operate there based on the confines that are there in the future. “So they’re allowing us rink board advertising and they’re also going to have it on the wall and I believe in the entrance way.”. During the pandemic, Tyler said he's been working out and maintaining his conditioning by going on runs — and doing some chores around the house. The sticking point for the team is a request for more office and workout space. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. ", Meanwhile, his father has been using "hundreds of thousands of dollars" of his own money to continue paying his staff. Even as the City of Oshawa has passed a $360,000 support package for the Oshawa Generals’ 2021 Memorial Cup bid, the team is eyeing a potential move to Ajax. “We hope by the end of the year to reach our (fundraising) goal,” he said. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Who wants Lakeshore to thrive and flourish? Oshawa Generals win 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup. This arena’s now 15 years old and never took into account COVID, so the reality is that, this may be a blessing to see how this all unfolds.”, Copyright owned or licensed by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. (Rick Dawes/The Windsor Star), Construction workers pour and level cement for rink three at the under-construction MURF project in Lakeshore, May 15. A native of Windsor, Rocco owns and operates the successful Rock Developments. The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) cares about your privacy. Rock Developments president Rocco Tullio donated $300,000 to the project, taking naming rights for the 1,000 seat main arena. NHL draft dreams on hold for Windsor-area hockey family, 2020 NHL draft: Teams to lean heavily on preparatory work from earlier in season. 12, the Ontario Hockey League announced it would be suspending its season due to the pandemic. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. We’re talking three offices and a thousand square feet for our pro shop and another thousand square feet downstairs so we need 2,400 square feet to sign a nice long-term lease deal. “It’s a big day for the mission,” said the centre’s CEO. rights reserved. The current lease expires in nine years but Tullio said he needs to see progress on a new lease deal in the next three years as he estimates it would take a total of about five years from start to finish to get a new arena built. We also invite you to ask us about our policies or feel free to let us know how we can better serve your privacy concerns. "I think a lot of NHL teams have taken notice of that and he's had two successful years.". Das Team wurde 1956 als Nachwuchsteam gegründet und spielt in einer … Opening the new building on Ouellette is “truly a transformational gift,” said Dorothy Davis, chairwoman of the mission’s board of directors. Tullio owns the Oshawa Generals and coaches community hockey, so when Zekelman called back and said he could go ahead with naming the arena, Tullio accepted immediately over the phone. (Rick Dawes/The Windsor Star), Two construction workers lay glycol tubes used to cool ice at the under-construction MURF project in Lakeshore, May 15. The owner of the Oshawa Generals and his son — who plays for the same OHL team and is on the verge of being drafted to the NHL — don't know what the future might hold in the wake of COVID-19. He plays with a high motor and shows real attention to … A name has been chosen for the main ice rink in Lakeshore’s up-and-coming multi-million dollar recreation facility. Capital campaign chair Stephanie Zekelman is in charge of securing donations for the project. He said, with the exception of a small handful of tenants, most others are continuing to pay their rent because they are essential businesses like Dollarama and LCBO. Tyler has been preparing for the NHL draft. The next bout of construction will begin a 24,000 square foot aquatic centre, outdoor sports fields, a splash pad and outdoor pathways. Father: Rocco Tullio When the shot isn't an option, Tullio shows a great deal of adaptability, integrating one-touch maneuvers, playing pucks into space, manipulating defenders out of shooting lanes -- you name it, and he can do it. Sign up to receive daily headline news from the Windsor Star, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. Rocco Tullio Oshawa Generals / OHL - 15/16 Staff Facts Submit Photo Update Profile. (Rick Dawes/The Windsor Star), Barry Zekelman speaks at a media conference inside the unfinished MURF project in Lakeshore, May 15. Rocco has brought his family into the Generals family, as wife Danielle along with daughters Teagan, Tori and son Ty are all huge Generals fans. The Generals have asked for space currently occupied by the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame. Lakeshore's new rink named after $300K donor Rocco Tullio, Lakeshore MURF partners, from right to left, Barry Zekelman, Stephanie Zekelman, Danielle Tullio, Rocco Tullio and family members stand above the newly named Rock Developments arena, May 15. “You’ve got heated floors and people that watch a lot hockey (know) when you stand around the boards it wears on you, so having heated floors and having heated seats and stands and wider stands, you know you’re attracting a wider mass of population.”. The announcement came Thursday when members of the project and the media donned hard hats and boots to enter the work site. OSHAWA — The OHL’s Oshawa Generals, the longtime divisional rivals of the Peterborough Petes, could be on the move down the road if a new arena in Ajax is built. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. Staff and volunteers were in a constant battle to find the cash to pay for so many meals and support. To be able to give back in this way is very satisfying.”. A lifelong hockey fan, Rocco joined the Executive team of the Oshawa Generals in  September 2007. What’s the Hall of Fame going to do? Barry Zekelman approached Tullio about donating and Tullio said he was initially interested in naming the main bowl, but at the time Zekelman told him it would not be possible. But at home, Rocco's advice to his son remains the same — "just go out and have fun. “We did a financial scan all across the league and we put a proposal together for them to be able to see if that will lead to us to getting an extended commitment from them,” Carter said. The 18-year-old said he "couldn't tell you" the last time he's been on the ice. Rink two is still under construction and rink three was being poured the day of the announcement. permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com. “(The TCC) was purposely built with the (Oshawa) Sports Hall of Fame; I have no intention of moving them,” he said. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. Rock Developments president Rocco Tullio donated $300,000 to the project, taking naming rights for the 1,000 seat main arena. The Downtown Mission started in 1972 in Central United Church in the 600 block of Ouellette serving lunches and coffee. Business is business, I don’t take anything personally, now with COVID, people don’t want to share offices.”. This is an exclusive feature for EP Premium users only.

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