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Notre Dame Arena to receive upgrade

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

The Notre Dame Arena in Berlin received a huge donation last week. L-R behind the players; Scott Turmel, Derek Gagne, Mark Dorval NDA President, Joe Accardi Rink Manager, Shawn Hanlon Nucar, Ginette Noyes, Don Noyes, Jen Olsen, Paul Grenier Treasurer NDA. Back row; Wade Goulet President Berlin Youth Hockey, Luc Olsen, Mel Olsen, Hudson Goulet. Front row, Olivia O'Neil BHS girls goalie, Brooklyn Gagne BYH PeeWee, Tyler Turmel BYH Squirt, Jeremy Grenier BYH Mite, Ava Bartoli BHS girls. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
February 24, 2021
BERLIN — Last week, the Notre Dame Arena received excellent news, after receiving a $300k donation from Dan Dagesse, Chairman of DCD Automotive Holdings. Dagesse is no stranger to the Berlin hockey scene, having sponsored many teams dating back to the 1980's.

The arena will also receive a slight name change, to 'Nucar Notre Dame Arena', after Dagesse's new brand.

"This renovation reflects our commitment to innovation, giving back and being an integral part of the community. We are also proud that the Nucar name will now not only be gracing dealerships in New Hampshire but will also be attached to the arena," said Dagesse.

Back in 2007, Dagesse donated $250,000 to help put the arena back on solid financial ground. The donation last week, will not be the last, as Dagesse has pledged to donate an annual sum of $30,000.

The Arena was built in 1947 by the Catholic Church, and is the home to the largest number of boy's Ice Hockey State Titles and four National Amateur Champions.

Berlin Mayor and also the Notre Dame Arena Treasurer Paul Grenier is ecstatic about the news.

"This money will go towards the chiller portion of the ice making plant, which is the most critical and most expensive part," Grenier said. "It's a 1984 vintage piece, and the only piece we haven't been able to replace in the last ten years."

Grenier added, "This is strictly a philanthropic donation, with which we're very, very humbled to be able to receive."

Grenier also stated that a boiler will be replaced using the funds as well, along with resurfacing and work to the exterior part of the building.

"This puts us in a firm operating position for another 20 to 30 years and this, this satisfies all of our expensive, capital needs. The only outstanding capital need that we have is the Zamboni but the one we have now is in excellent shape," said Grenier.

Grenier connected the dots, noting "I've known Dan for the better part of 30 years. Back in the early 80s he was on the Board of Directors and that's where I first met him. His train of thinking was always a million miles a minute and I could tell that at my first meeting with him. I knew that, Dan from a business standpoint, was something very special."

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