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Gatherings in the crease: stickhandle through meetings at Hockey Heritage North.

Hockey Heritage North (HHN) in Kirkland Lake can offer some fun mixed with business when utilizing its conference space.

The Fun Zone is available for participants where they can try their hand at bubble hockey air hockey, NHL Playstation, top shot and a radar gun to clock the speed of slap shots. A sports simulator is available for rent for those wishing to play some golf or other activities during a break.

The 18,000-square-foot facility has the most extensive archive of hockey-related materials outside of the Hockey Hall of Fame. HHN has several rooms available for conferencing, including a theatre with a 12-foot screen.

"The screen can be connected to a laptop so it is great for presentations," said June Ward, HHN manager.

The facility offers audio-visual capability, conference calling, wireless Internet and office services.

"We have linens if they require and we set up coffee and tea or whatever they want," Ward said. "We also have a list of caterers and we can call on their behalf. Basically, all they have to do is make a phone call and we do the rest."

The theatre and Gold Room are connected and can accommodate about 150 people.

"Mostly we do business meetings even though large groups like weddings can be held here, along with a dance floor," she said.

A smaller board room is available and another space - the Sunny Room - can seat about 25 people and has its own wash rooms and entrance. i,

"It is great for private meetings or job interviews since it is away from everyone," Ward said.

Staff is on hand to offer office services such as printing and photocopying.

"Kirkland Lake is not a large centre but we are doing well with the conference centre," she said. "Once they have been here, they like us and what we offer."

The board rooms have been utilized by local and out of town clients.

"Those out of town coming here are businesses with branches that need a central meeting place and we have had annual general meetings held here too. Anyone wanting to have a meeting in a different way comes here."

With every rental, feedback is solicited and Ward said clients have viewed their experience at HHN as very positive.

"It really is customer service the whole way," she said. "We strive to give good value and a positive experience and I think that is because the staff is proud of working here."




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Title Annotation:BUSINESS TRAVEL
Author:Cowan, Liz
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Date:Feb 1, 2012
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