We are happy to welcome you back to the Birthplace of Hockey Museum. We have been working to create a safe experience for you and our staff. Check out our “Know before you go” guide to help prepare you for your visit.
Wednesday – Sunday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Child – Free
Youth – $2.80
Adult – $3.90
Senior – $2.80
Family – $8.65
For information on special viewings or group tours, please contact us at 902-798-1800 or by email at BirthplaceOfHockey@gmail.com
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Murray “Moe” Smith was a legend in Windsor hockey. He was a member of the Nova Scotia champion Windsor Academy Juvenile team of 1942, and is best known for his decades long coaching tenure. Smith died in 2014 at the age of 87.
Moe was not long-winded. in fact, he was kind of a loner. But he understood sports and he understood us. He’d skate us hard during practices and teach positional play, basic skills and responsibilities away from the puck. Otherwise, Moe just let us play. He rarely scolded or screamed at a player and we worked our butts off for him. During games he’d keep his instructions simple: ‘turn it up,’ or ‘let’s go boys,’ or ‘pick it up now,’ or ‘stay out of the box.’ Stuff like that.
Moe let me hang around his family’s sporting goods store downtown where he often gave me any stick I wanted. Other than an occasional errand, I don’t remember doing much to earn those sticks. If I was there and he was eating, then I was eating, too. I wasn’t the only kid he treated this way. On his teams the skates were always sharp and the sweaters clean and mended. Never a charge.”
The Collishaw Cup (1926) was presented to the Windsor Hockey League by E. Collishaw. It was awarded to the club member who “plays the game” cleanest, both as a hockyist and a citizen. The cup was won by W.L. Singer – decided by public vote.
The Collishaw Cup seems similar to today’s Lady Byng Memorial trophy, awarded to a “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
It is interesting to see the word,”hockyist,” (likely a mispelling of hockeyist) meaning one who plays, or is interested in, hockey. The term also applies to field hockey. Canada is filled with hockeyists, and they are especially prevalent in and around Windsor, Nova Scotia–the Birthplace of Hockey.
You can see this trophy, as well as the Starr Trophy, and many others at The Birthplace of Hockey Museum.
Mar 30, 2016, Milestones in ice hockey history:
1925 – The Victoria Cougars of the WCHL became the last non-NHL team to win the Stanley Cup.
1946 – Maurice “The Rocket” Richard scored his first of three overtime goals in the Stanley Cup Finals.
1993 – The Ottawa Senators lost their 37th consecutive road game to tie the NHL record that had been set in 1975. Continue reading
“Mike Cambell, 90 years old of New Waterford, Nova Scotia still to this very day straps on the gear and laces up the skates in scheduled Old-Timers hockey games in Cape Breton. He could very well be the oldest active hockey player,not only in Nova Scotia..but all of Canada?
Initial research by Danny Dill, (Long Pond,Windsor,N.S.), so far seems to support this amazing Canadian hockey feat.To date, Dill has learned that the next two closest “oldest” active hockey players are both 88 years of age: Mr.Al Peppard from Middleton,N.S. and Mr. Doug Palmer,Montreal,who is originally from Windsor,N.S. We will be sure to update as we learn more in the quest for the “Grand-Daddy of Canadian Hockey”.
This story was originally reported by ATV news Jan 5, 2016. To read the story and view the video visit: Atlantic CTV News Cape Breton Man Still Playing at 90
Oct. 3, Windsor Nova Scotia, The Windsor Hockey Heritage Society has announced it will host an official Star Shield unveiling and installation. The Society was successful in securing the shield late this summer which had been presumed lost in a fire in 1947 – 1948.
The 1924 Starr Shield has an interesting and exciting history woven with its earlier predecessors: the Starr Trophy presented from 1897 to 1909 and an earlier (original) Starr Shield presented from 1910 through 1923.
Sept 17, 2016, Windsor Nova Scotia, In late August we had a very pleasant visit in Windsor when James Jessome arrived with his “Walker Stick”. The stick has its roots in Cape Breton and is considered one of the oldest remaining early hockey sticks around. James was very gracious in allowing us to photograph his stick and in taking the time to provide us with the background on the stick below. We hope to have the stick return to Windsor for another visit sometime soon such that others may have to opportunity to see it in person.
Following is the overview on the stick as provided by owner James Jessome. Continue reading
August 17, 2015, Windsor Nova Scotia, Believed to have been destroyed in a fire in 1947 – 1948, the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society is now the proud owner of the rediscovered 1924 Starr Shield Trophy.
The 1924 Starr Shield has an interesting and exciting history woven with its earlier predecessors: the Starr Trophy presented from 1897 to 1909 and an earlier (original) Starr Shield presented from 1910 through 1923. Each of these historic trophies was regarded as the ultimate reward for Maritime senior hockey between 1905 and approximately 1964. The 1924 Shield was recently discovered by dedicated hockeyist historian David Carter and subsequently secured through the successful efforts of Society members.
More details on this exciting find and acquisition by the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society for the Birthplace of Hockey will follow with an official ceremony to be announced.