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Ron Duguay signs up for Long Pond Classic 2018

The organizing committee for the Long Pond Classic has announced that Ron Duguay will be one of the featured players at this year’s Long Pond Heritage Hockey Classic on January 27.

The Long Pond Classic has become an annual event since it was initiated in 2013 as a fund raising event in support of the Birthplace of Hockey museum. Over the year’s it has featured such notable players as Rick Middleton, Glen Anderson, Pete Mahovalich, Mike Krushelnyski, Ray Bourque and Guy Lafleur.  The feature player for this year’s event will be announced shortly.

For details as they are released visit www.LongPondClassic.com or follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LongPondClassic

Stephane Richer Added to Long Pond Lineup

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Stephane Richer

With one day before the 2017 Long Pond Classic the organizing committee for this year’s Long Pond Heritage Hockey Classic has announced a substitution.

David Hunter Chair of the organizing committee commented “We regret to advise the fans of Moose Dupont that unfortunately he is ill this week and unable to make this year’s event. He feels very badly about this and wanted us to pass along his regrets to his friends and fans that are attending. We all wish Moose well and look forward to having him back for another one of our events”

He went on to announce ” We are very pleased to announce that  Stephane Richer will be added to the lineup. Stephane is a a 2-year 50+ goal scorer and we expect great things from him at this year’s event.

This year’s event is hosting Ray Bourque (captain of the Boston Bruins for 18 years), Stephane Richer and Joe DiPenta.

This year’s classic is being held on January 21st 2017 on Long Pond the Cradle of Hockey in Windsor NS the Birthplace of Hockey.

Long Pond is heralded as being home to the original pond on which the boys from King’s College School originally played ‘hurley on the long pond on the ice’ circa 1800.

While the team and banquet events at this year’s classic are sold out, David Hunter, President of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society encourages the public to come out and watch. “The games are free and open to the public to see. Its a great event for the community and all hockey fans and members of the public are encouraged to attend.”

This year marks the sixth annual Long Pond Classic. The event began in 2011 as a fund-raising initiative to assist in the promotion of the Windsor Hockey Heritage society and the proud hockey history of Windsor NS in the development of the game.

Joe DiPenta Drafted for Long Pond 2016

joedipenta_withsig_largeJoe DiPenta was drafted 61st overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

DiPenta grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Former teams include the Halifax Mooseheads, Boston University, Philadelphia Phantoms, Chicago Wolves, Atlanta Thrashers, Manitoba Moose and Anaheim Ducks.

He won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks. In the 2008–09 season, DiPenta signed a one-year contract with Frölunda HC of Elitserien.

Guy Lafleur Attending!

Nov 30, 2015 Windsor NS, The Long Pond Heritage Classic organizing committee today announced that they will be hosting Guy Lafleur as an honourary guest at this year Long Pond Heritage Hockey Classic.Guy-lafleur_site_wikia_Post

Guy Lafleur’s career in the NHL began in 1971 following two celebrated seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Quebec Ramparts (G:130 A: 79).

During his fourth season (the year he removed his helmet), Guy came into his stride scoring 53 goals and tallying up 119 points. This was the beginning of an era for both the team and Guy. For the subsequent three years he lead the league in scoring and connected 6 straight years with 50+ goal seasons.

Twice recognized as the league’s MVP, he was one of hockey’s most exciting players and was instrumental in 5 Stanley Cup Championships. Initially retiring in 1984-85, he returned to the game he loved in 1988 with the New York Rangers (1 year) and then with Quebec (2 years). Guy returned permanently at the end of the 90-91 season hanging his skates up professionally after 1,126 games, 560 goals 793 assists and 1,353 points.

Known as “The Flower” guy Damian Lafleur is assured to have many stories and experience to share as part of this year’s Long Pond Heritage Hockey Classic. David Hunter, chair of the organizing committee and President of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society commented, “We are thrilled to have been able to arrange a player of Guy’s caliber and history with the league. He continues a successful trend we’ve had with the Classic in attracting some of the best professional talent to our event. We’re hopeful that Guy will draw players and banquet attendees for the event to achieve our fund raising goal for the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society and the Birthplace of Hockey programs we undertake.”

This year’s Long Pond Classic Event is being held on January 30th, including a day of hockey for teams and players on famous Long Pond where hockey was first played circa 1800. The day of games are followed by a celebratory banquet and hot stove night. Player and banquet tickets are available by contacting the organizers through LongPondClassic.com or BirthplaceOfHockey.com.

Historical Source Material: http://habslegends.blogspot.ca/2006/05/guy-lafleur.html

Ric Nattress Signs On!

Ric Nattress appeared in 34 games with the Canadiens in 1983–84, and five more the next season, before being traded to the St. Louis Blues for cash before the 1985–86 season.

Nattress played two seasons for the Blues, who traded him to the Calgary Flames after the 1986–87 season for two draft picks. He played four-plus seasons with the Flames before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the ten-player deal on January 2, 1992, which also sent Doug Gilmour to Toronto.

After joining the Philadelphia Flyers for the 1992–93 season, Nattress retired.

In his NHL career, Nattress played in 536 games. He recorded 29 goals and 135 assists. He also appeared in 67 playoff games, scoring five goals and adding ten assists. He was a member of the Sherbrooke Canadiens 1985 Calder Cup, and Calgary Flames team which won the Stanley Cup in 1989.

Nattress has been a successful radio co-host of “Blue & White Tonight”, a post-game show after every Toronto Maple Leafs game on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. He is a sought after speaker.

Rich Sutter Joins Guy Lafleur

Rich Sutter Post 1CRich Sutter of the Sutter family, one of 6 NHL brothers to have played professionally has committed to this years’ Long Pong Heritage Hockey Classic.

David Hunter, chair of the organizing committee for this year’s event was pleased to make the announcement. “We’re thrilled to have somone of Rich’s reputation to join us at this year’s fund raising event”, said Hunter.

Rich Sutter was drafted 10th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1982. During his professional career in the NHL Rich Sutter played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, St Louis Blues, the Tampa Bay Lightning  the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks.  During his career in the regular season he notched up 874 games, 149 goals, 166 assists and 1,411 minutes in the penalty box.

Adding to this year’s roster, Rich Sutter will join Guy Lafleur as part of this year’s Long Pond Classic which began in 2011 . The event is run by a local volunteer organizing committee which supports the work of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society in its efforts to promote Windsor as the Birthplace of Hockey.

Wayne Rostad to Guest Host Long Pond Classic

Wayne Rostad, popular television host, entertainer and friend of Canadian ice hockey has been announced as the host / MC of the upcoming Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic.

With a biography and background that spans the country coast-to-coast, Wayne Rostad is a part of the Canadian fabric within its arts, cultural and entertainment industry. A few highlights of his professional accomplishments over many years include: hosting CBC’s “One the Road Again”, CTV’s “Country Report” and the “Children’s Miracle Telethon Network”.  He is a member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Canada 125 Medal.

When we look at Wayne’s community and charitable accomplishments, we receive a broader sense of his dedication to giving back to his community.  A summary of both his personal and professional accomplishments (well worth viewing), can be seen here as a part of the WanyeRostad.com website.

Speaking on behalf of the organizing committee, David Hunter commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to have someone like Wayne participating as part of this year’s event. In speaking with Wayne earlier today he is equally excited to be involved and he really looks forward to serving as our guest MC at this year’s Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic banquet. ”

The Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic began four years ago and serves as one of the community’s main fund raising events for the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society. Funds raised assist the organization to operate the Windsor Hockey Heritage Museum as well as promoting the town’s proud hockey history and its evolution from Long Pond in Windsor to the world. Windsor has staked a solid claim as the Birthplace of Hockey with Long Pond celebrated as the Cradle of Hockey!

In discussing this year’s event David Hunter further commented, “We have a great team of players this year which can be reviewed on our website at LongPondClassic.com. It includes: Glenn Anderson, Mike Krushelnyski, Dennis Vial and Robert Sweeney plus others. The teams are filling up and banquet tickets are selling fast, so for anyone wanting to play or attend, now is the best time to sign-up before the event sells out as in previous years.”

Prior to the official Long Pond Classic event,  the local New Boundaries organization will kick off the weekend hosting its annual charity fund raising hockey game between the local RCMP and Windsor Fire Department. Game time is 7:30 PM at the Hants Exhibition arena.  Some of the Celebrity players from the tournament will also be lacing up their skates for this fun-filled event.

The Long Pond Classic will kick off on Saturday morning with the first games starting at 9AM at Long Pond. The official opening ceremony will be at approximately 12:30 PM.  Following the day’s games the doors for the Banquet will open at 5:30 PM and Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM.

For added information on the Long Pond Classic visit, www.LongPondClassic.com and for added information on Wayne Ronstad visit: www.waynerostad.com

Carly Jackson Eyes Long Pond Classic 2015

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Nova Scotia’s Carly Jackson is hopeful her schedule will allow her to attend the upcoming Long Pond Heritage Classic in Windsor Nova Scotia, the Birthplace of Hockey.

Ms. Jackson was selected in one of three goalies filling out Canada’s under-18 women’s hockey team.  As the only player from Nova Scotia she is extremely proud to be selected as part of the Canadian national team.

David Hunter, chairman of the Long Pond Heritage Classic organizing committee said “She has a full schedule in front  of her. We and she are very hopeful that her timing works out.  There is a charity game on Friday night with the RCMP and the Windsor Fire Department that she hopes to play in as well as Saturday’s fund raising games and events.  She is in high demand as she plays locally for the Cumberland Blues in the NSJHL and she is also on the upcoming Canada Winter Games team for Nova Scotia which takes place mid-February. ”

The Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic is in its fourth year as a charity fund raising event for the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society. The event serves to assist in preserving the proud hockey history of Nova Scotia and specifically Windsor’s role from its evolution on Long Pond .

Glenn Anderson Lacing up for Long Pond Classic 2015

The Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic Committee has announced that Glenn Anderson will be lacing up to join the lineup for the 2015 Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic.

Glenn Chris Anderson Born October 2, 1960 Anderson is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey right winger in the National Hockey League (NHL) who played 16 Seasons in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues. He won five Stanley Cups with Edmonton in the years 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1990.

On September 19, 1991 Anderson was traded, with Grant Fuhr, to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he played two seasons and part of another. There, he reached the 1000 point plateau and played a key role in the Leafs’ 1993 playoff run to the Conference Finals. The Leafs traded Anderson to the Rangers, where he won a sixth Stanley Cup 1994.

Glenn AndersonAnderson was noted for his aggressive “to the net” playing style, typifying the NHL power forward in the early 1980s. Noted as a “clutch” player, he was able to score key goals when the team most needed them.

On June 17, 2008, it was announced that Anderson would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player. He had the largest alumni turnout since the Heritage Classic for his jersey retirement. He completed working on a film involving former Canadian and Russian Hockey players called From Russia with Love which aired in 2012.

Glenn’s NHL Career would include
HHOF Induction 2008
6 – time Stanley Cups
1129 regular season goals
498 goals
601 assists
1099 Points
93 goals and 121 assists in 225 playoff games
5 playoff overtime goals, third to Joe Sakic’s 8 and Maurice Richard’s 6.
In addition, he had 17 playoff game-winning goals, good for fifth in the all time history of the NHL.
Gold – 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup
Silver Medallist – 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships.
4 NHL All-Star Games 1984,1985,1986,1987

David Hunter chair of the Long Pond Heritage Classic organizing committee commented “We are thrilled to have Glenn Anderson join us for this year’s event. He was here on a tour this week and stopped to visit the Birthplace of Hockey’s Windsor Hockey Heritag Museum. On Saturday we received word that he could join us for this years event and we couldn’t be more pleased!”

The Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic began as a charity fundraising event in February 2011. Proceeds from the annual event serve to support the Windsor Hockey Heritage Museum and the Society’s work in promoting Windsor NS as the Birthplace of Hockey.

This year’s event begins on Friday Night with a charity game (grudge match), between the local Windsor Fire Department and the RCMP. Saturday is filled with a day of hockey where participants and teams play with a select group of former pros and all stars. The day’s games are followed by the ever popular post-game banquet and Hot Stove Hockey Talk.

For details on banquet tickets (tables or individual tickets) or to register as a player or team email: Contact Long Pond Classic.

Dennis Vial Confirms for Long Pond Classic 2015

Dennis_Vial_images_250-200_Dennis Vial has been confirmed as a return player for the upcoming Long Pond Heritage Hockey Classic this February 7, 2015.

David Hunter the chairman of the organizing committee commented “Having attended and played in the 2014 Long Pond Classic, Vial was a participant favorite on the ice and at the post game celebration banquet. He was a pleasure to watch. He had his skates on from start to finish.”

He further added, “At the banquet as part of the post game celebration with the other players he provided his first-hand insight into the game while sharing entertaining and memorable anecdotes of his playing career. We really look forward to having him back as part of this year’s event”.

Dennis Vial is a former (retired) professional ice hockey player whose career including playing with the New York Rangers, the Detroit Red Wings as well as the Ottawa Senators  – all of the National Hockey league until the end of the 97-98 season.

His aggressive straight-out style resulted in numerous injuries. He subsequently played the next 7 years for minor league teams including two years in the BISL in England before retiring in 2004-2005.

 

Mike Krushelnyski Joins 2015 Long Pond Lineup

The Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic Committee has announced that Mike Krushelnyski has joined the lineup for the 2015 Long Pond Classic.

Mike Krushelnyski is a Montreal native who enjoyed a 14-year NHL career, this big left winger/center was drafted by the Boston Bruins and spent three seasons with them before being traded to Edmonton.

In his first season with the Oilers (1985), Mike scored 43 goals and was namedto the NHL All Star Team.  “Krusher” would go on to win three Stanley Cups with Edmonton in 1985,1987 and 1988. “Kruzer” was then traded to Los Angeles with Wayne Gretzky in a blockbuster tradefor the 1988-89 season and spent three seasons with them before being dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he spent four seasons, and was part of their 1993 Conference Finals team.

Mike concluded his NHL career as member of the Detroit Red Wings and would win his fourth Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Wings in 1997. He would go on to become the head coach of CapeBreton in the AHL, Fort Worth in the CHL, the Ingolstadt Panthers in Germany and Vityaz Chekhov of the KHL.

Mikes’ NHL career would conclude with
4 Stanley Cups – 3 with the Edmonton Oiler, 1  Assist Coach of Detroit Red Wings
897  games
271 goals (five 20-goal seasons)
328 assists,
569 pts
54 power play goals
7 shorthanded goals
31 game-winning goals
129 NHL playoff games with 29 goals and 43 assists

When asked about this year’s event David Hunter, chair of the organizing committee commented,  “We are really so very pleased to announce that Mike Krushelnyski has joined this year’s lineup. He joins Charlie Banfield and JP Bordeleau.  With other details to follow shortly we really looking forward to another successful Long Pond Classic event.”

The Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic began as a charity fundraising event in February 2011. Proceeds from the annual event serve to support the Windsor Hockey Heritage Museum and the Society’s work in promoting Windsor NS as the Birthplace of Hockey.

This year’s event begins on Friday Night with a charity game (grudge match), between the local Windsor Fire Department and the RCMP.  Saturday is filled with a day of hockey where participants and teams play with a select group of former pros and all stars. The day’s games are followed by the ever popular post-game banquet and Hot Stove Hockey Talk.

For details on banquet tickets (tables or individual tickets) or to register as a player or team email: Contact Long Pond Classic.

Robert Sweeney Signs-up for Long Pond Classic 2015

Bob_Sweeny_L_T_CropThe organizing committee for the Long Pond Heritage Classic are pleased to announced that Robert Sweeney will be joining us for the 2015 Long Pond Classic.

David Hunter, chair of the committee commented “the upcoming event is rounding out really well with a great group of former players and fans coming together to play on historic Long Pond, the Cradle of Hockey, in Windsor Nova Scotia – the Birthplace of Hockey. We’re looking forward to a terrific 4th annual event as in year’s past.”

Robert Emmett Sweeney (born January 25, 1964) is a retired American professional ice hockey center. Sweeney was born in Concord, Massachusetts. He was drafted out of high school by the Boston Bruins in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, and went on to play four years at Boston College. He made his NHL debut in the 1986–87 season, but spent most of the year with the Bruins AHL affiliate the Moncton Golden Flames.

The1987–88 Season was Sweeney’s first full year, a season where Boston traveled to the Stanley Cup Finals. Following six seasons with Boston, Sweeney was claimed off waivers by the  Buffalo Sabres in 1992 and then  by  the New York  Islanders in  1995.  After  being  traded  to  the Calgary  Flames during the 1995–96Season Sweeney retired from the NHL.

He spent the next season in the  IHL before traveling across the Atlantic to play in Germany with the Germany Elite League from 1997 until 2001. He was inducted into the Boston College Hall of Fame in 2003. Sweeney, who has been serving as the President of the Boston Bruins Alumni Association since the 2002-2003 season, played 10 seasons in the NHL – six of which for the Boston Bruins.  Bob ended his NHL career with 639 games, 125 goals, 163 assists, 288 points, 799 PIM.

Bob Sweeney was named the Director for the Boston Bruins Foundation in 2007 and continues in that role today.

2015 Long Pond Classic Hooks Charlie Banfield

Charlie Banfield has ‘red-circled’ his calendar to be able to attend the 2015 Long Pond Heritage Classic.

As an well known and respected NHL referee,  he’ll be a welcome addition to the 2015 line-up.

Charlie’s experience and background around the rinks is impressive. It includes being:

  • the first NHL game referee in Atlanta 1975
  • 2 World Championships Moscow / Vienna – 1986/87
  • Canada Games 1987 Cape Breton
  • Olympics 88 Calgary
  • Air Canada Cup 83 Halifax
  • 2 Allan Cups Newfoundland/New Brunswick
  • 3 AHL Calder Cup Finals
  • Linesman; Rochester – Sherbrooke – Hershey
  • 2 Hardy Cup Championships
  • 3 University Championships – Edmonton – Moncton – Quebec
  • 2 Tier 2 Junior Championships – PEI- Dartmouth as well as
  • 2 AHL Calder Cup Finals

2015 Long Pond Classic Scores JP Bordeleau

As an effective 2-way winger, Jean-Pierre Bordeleau played over 500 NHL games with the Chicago Black Hawks between 1970 and 1980.

He was born in Noranda, Quebec and as a gritty forward he could score when it mattered with the Montreal Junior Canadiens.

In 1969 he notched 13 goals in 14 post-season games as the Canadiens went on to win the Memorial Cup.  Prior to the beginning of the next season, he was selected 13th overall by the NHL’s Chicago Black Hawks.

During his first three seasons in the pros he spent most of the his time with the Dallas Black Hawks of the CHL preparing for his opportunity to play in the NHL.  In 1971-72 season he successfully scored 41 goals and made the league’s first all-star team.