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Nesbitt Street Pond Hockey Recently Aquired – Nesbitt Street Pond Hockey

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The large and exciting collection of artifacts, photos and memorabilia on display at the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society’s Museum has arrived from donors, largely, one piece at a time. The kindness of individuals in sharing their hockey treasures for all to appreciate at a central location such as this wonderful little museum is almost unbelievable. While the bulk of the material has come from the town and immediate surrounding area, much has come from other sites in the Maritime provinces. Stock skates have come by courier from as far away as Marysville, Ohio. Photos have come from Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Letters with information are received from across the country. Visitors come from all over the world and chat excitedly about their discoveries. Fans who visit make notes in the visitor’s book to the effect that they get a real feel for how the game began and what it was like in the early days of development. Visitors frequently are reminded of some possession of theirs that they feel would best be displayed here at the museum to be enjoyed by future visitors.

See pictures of some of WHHS artifacts in the Evolution of Equipment.
See more of WHHS photo archive in the Hockeyists.
See posters, advertisements, flyers, etc. in the WHHS – Ad Collection.

If there is an object you would like to donate to the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society for display in the museum you may mail it with a description, name and address of donor, to the address below.

Windsor Hockey Heritage Society
P.O. Box 430,
Windsor, Nova Scotia,

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Proposed Scotia Sports Centre Proposed Museum and Sports Centre (artist’s redering)

Many items received in recent months have necessarily been placed securely in storage because we’ve run out of display space. However, a committee is actively planning the construction of a new free-standing Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre which will contain adequate space for an interpretive centre, artifact exhibits and interactive displays. Therefore, please feel free to send anything you’d like to us for this purpose, knowing that it will be appreciated and used for the enjoyment of visitors. Then you will want to visit yourself and visualize how you have become a part of the creation of this magnificent ice hockey heritage collection.


The hockey equipment used in the early days of the game, including gloves, trousers, shoulder pads, shin pads, elbow pads, helmets and face masks varied so in their character that any and all are acceptable as the variety is impressive to visitors.

See pictures of some of WHHS artifacts in the Evolution of Equipment.

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Windsor Royals – two of whom are wearing "band aids"

Year end photos of teams were usually formal arrangements in the old days and revealed the variety of jerseys, trousers, skates, sticks and trophies used by players in different areas. Some photos have shown rubber pucks with fancy rolled edges, stick blades with brand names stamped on them, players wearing toques, and others with central hair parts revealing styles in different eras. Before padded gloves were invented in 1904, all players usually appeared in photos bare handed and some wearing kid-leather gloves or mittens. With the invention of shoulder pads, players suddenly appeared to be much larger than their counterparts of previous seasons. Players appearing with band aids on their faces tell of injuries and the need for facial protection. All these variations go to tell the story of the development of protective hockey equipment. You may well have photos that would add significantly to the collection. We would be pleased to have you take part in the development of the displays and exhibits by sending us your gifts.

See more of WHHS photo archive in the Hockeyists.

A Wooden Puck Autographed by Jean Beliveau A Wooden Puck Autographed by Jean Beliveau

Memorabilia such as posters, calendars, programs, rule books, items autographed by hockey’s icons, snap shots of games on ponds, players standing by house, barn or pond in a hockey outfit, kids at hockey play, road hockey and the like, all make wonderful conversation pieces and are much appreciated by viewers. Generally speaking, if an item is appealing to you, it will find a welcome home here. This collection is about depicting how the game originated and developed moreso than what it is like today. Certainly as time goes by, things used today will become old fashioned and find their place in the collection. We collect those things as well and will find uses for them in good time.

See posters, advertisements, flyers, etc. in WHHS – Ad Collection.

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Many artifacts that depict the original equipment used as Ice Hockey evolved as a winter game are to be seen in the collection at the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society’s Museum. The Mi’kmaq carvers of Nova Scotia have given examples of their "Crooked Knives", "Draw Knives", and "Square Saw" that were used to shape Hockey sticks from young Hornbeam trees and Birch trees.

Mi'kmaq Making "MicMac" Hockey Sticks Mi’kmaq Making "MicMac" Hockey Sticks

Learn more about Mi’kmaq Making "MicMac" Hockey Sticks
– in Origins – "MicMac" Sticks

A fine photo of native carvers at work making sticks is a recent acquisition from an interested fan. Examples of their sticks, in excellent condition, are on display. Fine examples of various models of skates made by the Starr Manufacturing Company of Dartmouth have been donated by fans from all over the province and country. Hockey players from the early 1900s have offered their equipment kit bags and hockey gloves, socks, skates and shin pads. Early leather helmets from the 1940s along with early model elbow and knee pads are finding their way into the collection as are photos of teams wearing them. As the collection expands and becomes steadily more interesting, the WHHS continues to accept donations of such artifacts for display to the visiting public. All donations are acknowledged and identified as to source.

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