WHAT A TIME IT WAS! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!
This year’s 2016 Long Pond Classic was “classic” We had a mix of everything leading up to and during the actual event. Early in the week we had cold weather to settle the ice a touch of rain and warm weather to smooth it out and then snow….plenty of snow the day before the big event. It was enough to cause many to wonder… “will the annual event be cancelled?”
The answer was clear, ‘it certainly was not’. The community came together and would not let that happen. On the day of the storm our celebrity players Guy Lafleur, Rich Sutter and Ric Nattress continued on their appointed rounds and our sponsors warmly hosted them with throngs of eager fans.
The ice crew headed by Danny Dill did a miraculous job as they stuck to their task. With a dedicated team plus a corps of volunteers who stepped up and out into the storm, they stayed with ice and kept the snow off till it stopped late Friday night.
Early Saturday morning the pucks dropped as expected. All continued as planned with games, fun, laughter and music pouring out across Long Pond as we celebrated its history and the origins of hockey as they did some 200 plus years ago.
At midday the the Province of Nova Scotia and the Long Pond Arena Society announced a new rink for the area with excitement and fanfare. The games continued and flowed right into the celebration banquet during which heard stories and views from our respected guests. Intermingled with a highly successful auction and fund raising efforts the night came to a close.
We wish to thank everyone for the role they played as guests, spectators, volunteers and participants. It is your dedicated and commitment to this event that makes it happen. Your involvement allows us to continue the work of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Museum. We are forever grateful and we thank you.
On behalf of the Long Pond Heritage Classic Committee,
David Hunter, Chairperson
Interested in Participating in Next Year’s 2017 Long Pond Classic?
We’d love to have you join us to skate up to play on hockey’s original home ice!
Long before Olympic glory and the cheering of sold-out crowds, hockey was just 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 February, you can help us in our continuing efforts to preserve the history of our incredible sport.
The Long Pond Heritage Classic committee in support of the the Birthplace of Hockey and the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society invites you to celebrate the origins of our great game at the 2017 Long Pond Heritage Classic.
Funds raised from the Classic will support the Windsor Hockey Heritage Museum, ensuring that future generations can learn about and experience hockey history.
Contact us to express your interest and we’ll keep you informed as the coming year’s events are rolled out.