Hockey’s Home Ice

 

Legends of Hockey Banquet
Saturday Jan 26, 2019:

Ted Canavan Center,  KES
Doors Open 5 pm | Reception 5:30 | Dinner 6:30
Individual Tickets: $100 each
Table of 10 Tickets: $900

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Legends of Hockey Breakfast
Sunday Jan 27, 2019:

King’s Edgehill School Dining Hall
Breakfast served 8:30 am until 9:30 am
Adult Tickets: $25 each
Youth 12 yrs and under: $15 each

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Come Skate with the  NHL  Legends of Hockey!

Play on the Original Home Ice – Long Pond Classic 2019

Supporting the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society and the Windsor Hockey Heritage Museum

*Minimum 3 games per team (8 players per team )
* Top Fundraising Team gets 1st Pick at Draft Night Party on Friday January 25
* All players receive a commemorative Legends of Hockey event team jersey
Register today and support the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society
Limited space is available.
Select the Register Link below for Player Eligibility.

Join us this January, come play on home ice…The Original Home Ice – on Long Pond! 

Interview with Ron Duguay at the 2018 Long Pond Classic. 

The Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic 2019


Long before Olympic glory and the cheering of sold-out crowds, hockey was a game that children from Windsor, Nova Scotia had adapted to play on Long Pond.

Two hundred years later, hockey is more than Canada’s national winter sport – it’s our national passion. This January, you can help us in our continuing efforts to preserve the history of our incredible sport.

The Long Pond Heritage Classic offers hockey enthusiasts an historic opportunity to play Canada’s favourite sport on the pond where it all began, more than 200 years ago. Even better, the Long Pond Heritage Classic is a chance to preserve hockey’s legacy, as funds raised through the tournament support the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society and the Hockey Heritage Museum in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

On January 25th, 26th and 27th 2019 players will gather as they did for the inaugural tournament in 2012. They will don custom, vintage-inspired jerseys of the original teams and make the historic trek to Long Pond to play the historic game of shinny on Long Pond, the cradle of hockey in Windsor Nova Scotia the Birthplace of Hockey.

Featured players at this year’s Long Pond Classic 2019

Al Iafrate John LeClair
Ron Duguay Chris Nilan
Chris Kotsopoulos Dennis Maruk
Tom Fergus Darren Langdon
John LeBlanc  
Town of Windsor Nova Scotia circa 1836

An image of the town of Windsor NS circa 1836

The Story and the Game of Ice Hockey is Born!

“…you boys let out racin’, yelpin’, hollerin’, and whoopin’ like mad with pleasure and the play-ground, and the game at base in the fields, or hurley on the long pond on the ice…”

– Thomas Chandler Haliburton – The Attache, 1844

Haliburton’s quote from The Attache, written in 1844, is one of the initial references to hurley on ice. In another of his writings, The Clockmaker, from 1836, he references “playing ball on ice,” which also describes the game of hurley, or what is considered an early form of hockey on ice.

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“The Attache” by Thomas Chandler Haliburton with the reference to …’hurley on the long pond on the ice’…

King’s College School, Windsor
The quote from The Attache is argued to be in reference to Haliburton’s recollection of his youthful days attending Kings College School, in Windsor, Nova Scotia, between 1800 and 1810.

When not studying, the boys enjoyed the Irish game of hurley in the fields. Traditionally the sport was played from spring through fall. Haliburton’s utterance on memory, however, is of boyhood friends continuing with the game through the winter months, playing on the frozen ponds that skirted along the back border of the school fields.

Windsor Mail Letter to the Editor: 1876

IMG_7693_Crop_1455_60P_CEnhanceAdditional evidence supporting the Windsor claim can be found in a letter to the editor of the Windsor Mail in 1876. A former King’s College School graduate writes of his fond recollection of times spent in Windsor at King’s. Under the teaching of the Rev. Wm. King, Senr., who had charge of King’s College Academy he refers to the time period several times in his letter. He makes references to his age, the years actually spent there between 1816 and 1818 as well as the number of years that have elapsed since that time period. Direct references are made to “long pond”, “skating” and the loss of front teeth with a “hurley” as follows:

” And Long Pond, back of the College were favorite resorts, and we used to skate in winter, on moonlight nights on the ponds.

I recollect John Cunard (brother of Sir Samuel of Steamship fame) having his front teeth knocked out with a hurley by Pete Delancey, of Annapolis.”

View the photo image of the letter to the Editor or read the draft of the current transcript of the letter.

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The Attic is hosted by lifesize cutouts of the Acadia Axemen players and other historic ice hockey treasures

Hockey Returns Home
It makes a fitting home, and a natural connection with its original roots, to have the Hockey Heritage Center located in the current-day Haliburton House Museum.

Supported with artifacts, as well as years of detailed research and analysis by author-historian Garth Vaughan, the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society recognizes and celebrates Windsor, Nova Scotia, as the original “Birthplace of Hockey.”

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Entrance to the Attic which displays a collection of ice hockey gems from its recent to distant past

Of Rooms with Hockey Gems and Attics with Treasures
The museum’s contents are presented throughout five rooms, with artifacts including original leather-strap skates, Mi’kmaq hockey sticks, trophies, photos, and illustrations of genuine hockey equipment.

To view and relive the original hockey era from its beginnings, make sure you visit the museum’s Hot Stove Room and its Starr Trophy Room.

Get to know the stars of the early leagues and contributors to hockey’s past in the Roots Room; stroll through the Locker Room with its original equipment and the Attic with treasured gems from hockey’s past to present day.