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A collection of news stories and articles can be viewed below on the Long Pond Heritage classic since its initial planning stages in 2011 as well as for the first Long Pond Heritage Classic in 2012.

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.

Long Pond 2017 Sold Out!

game_day_update_1_sold_outThe organizing committee  for this year’s Long Pond Heritage Hockey Classic has announced that this year’s event is sold out.

Team registrations for both the men and the women are fully subscribed as well as tickets to the banquet.

This year’s event is hosting Ray Bourque (captain of the Boston Bruins for 18 years), Andre Moose Dupont and Joe DiPenta. All three former NHL players were successful in securing Stanly Cups and rings. Respectively they played for the Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers and the Anaheim Might Ducks.

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.

Ray Bourque Confirmed Long Pond Classic 2017

This year’s Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic has confirmed that this year’s event will feature former NHL All Star Ray Bourque whose career included:

  • 5-time NHL Norris Trophy Winner
  • Lester Patrick Trophy
  • King Clancy Trophy
  • Calder Trophy
  • Stanley Cup Champion

He currently holds records for most career goals, assists, and points by a defenceman in the National Hockey League.

Bourque was near-synonymous with the Boston Bruins franchise, where he played 21 seasons and became its longest-serving captain.

He concluded his career with the Colorado Avalanche, where he won his only Stanley Cup in his final NHL game.

This year’s Long Pond Classic is being held on January 21st. For those interested in playing or attending the annual banquet event details can be found on www.LongLongPondClassic.com.

Andre “Moose” Dupont Signs for Long Pond Classic

André “Moose” Dupont  is a former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Quebec Nordiques.

He won back-to-back Stanley Cups while a member of Philadelphia’s “Broad Street Bullies” teams in the mid-1970s.

This year’s Long Pond Classic is being held on January 21st. For those interested in playing or attending the annual banquet event details can be found on www.LongLongPondClassic.com.

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.

A “10” at Long Pond 2016

The Long Pond Heritage Hockey Classic is gearing up for its annual fund raising event of hockey on Long Pond, Hot Stove and celebrity banquet. This year’s event is scheduled for January 30th and promises to be another event that you don’t want to miss.

David Hunter, chairperson of the organizing committee and President of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society commented, “The committee has been working hard the last few months in sorting out details and making plans for the upcoming event. The front-end of events like this always involves more work than most people know but its critical to ensuring the success of the plans you are making”.

This year’s event is the 5th since it began in 2012. The organizers put on a day of hockey on Long Pond with teams and individual players registering to play. The day’s events on the ice are followed by a celebratory dinner banquet in relaxed fashion with professional players providing Hot Stove hockey talk throughout the evening. As part of the fund raising a silent and bidding auction has typically been held.

In looking forward to this year’s event Mr. Hunter closed by saying, “this year we are expecting the event to be a “10” in more ways than one”.  When asked for further information he simply added “Details will follow”.

Long Pond Classic Sets Date for 2016

LPHC_Banner_Logo_2016The organizing committee for the Long Pond Heritage Classic has etched its date in the ice for its 2016 event – Feb 16th.  In a meeting held after the event to review this years activities and begin planning of next year the date was decided.

David Hunter, chairperson of the organizing committee commented “We took several factors into consideration including the typical weather in January or February as well as the scheduled date for next year’s Super Bowl.  In considering the options the date was decided as Jan 30, 2016.  Stay tuned for more information as plans are made and rolled out!”

 

Long Pond Heritage Hockey Classic: Saturday’s Games

The original plan for Saturday’s games was for the 3 high school girls teams to play within their division and for the 4 mens teams to play in theirs.It turned our the ladies wanted to beat the mens teams. How can you say “no” to that? You can’t. As a result an updated schedule was created with great games of hockey prevailing once again. It was a tremendous experience for everyone on the ice, around the ice and at the banquet afterwards. We believe the fun that resulted can be seen on all of their faces – and we hope you agree!

Hockey at its Finest on The Original Home Ice