October 5, 2018 Windsor NS, On the way to the initial announcement of the Long Pond Classic 2019 NHL Legends of Hockey Tour, Al Iafrate stopped by the Dill Family Farm to view the extensive hockey memorabilia and artifact exhibit.
Engaged in conversation with Danny Dill (Keeper of the Long Pond), Al took the time to view the family’s exhibits and reminisce with Danny Dill on some of their more memorable moments from hockey’s past.
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”.
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!
On Sunday morning following the Long Pond Classic event the players from the Windsor West-Hants Midget A and Bantam AA teams subscribed to a players clinic with Glenn Anderson and Mike Krushelnyski . They were provided with an amazing workout of skills and technique development for upping their games and it was a pleasure to watch. Although this is only a fraction of the photos from the 2 hour session, it hopefully highlights some of the development work that was undertaken.
On Friday night the re-match was played between the local RCMP and the fire departments of Windsor and Hantsport. The draft held earlier in the day aligned Glenn Anderson and Robert Sweeney with the Fire Department, while Mike Krushelnyski and Dennis Vial played for the RCMP. It was an exciting, fun-filled and high scoring match with the Windsor and Hantsport Fire Departments as the eventual winners of this game. New Boundaries and the Long Pond Classic are very appreciative of the Legends All-Stars Hockey Events for their support and involvement in this event.
The Long Pond Classic has been privileged to share in the fun and excitement of the New Boundaries charity game involving the RCMP vs the Windsor & Hantsport Fire Depts. This year a ‘draft’ was held in Windsor’s council chambers to select the celebrity players from “Legends All-Stars Hockey Events” for each team. With so many Stanley Cup rings in the room, the draw from the hat for choice of players was the ceremonial beginning of the weekend of fun.
A collection of the shots from the Long Pond Classic as part of an audio and video collection of the fun and excitement to be had at the Long Pond Classic 2014. To play, celebrate or participate in the fund raising auction – Register Today at LongPondClassic.com.
The 2013 Long Pond Heritage Classic will pay homage to the six great Maritime senior hockey powerhouses: the Saint John Beavers, Sydney Millionaires, Charlottetown Abbies, Truro Bearcats and the Halifax Wolverines. Here’s Long Pond Heritage Classic founder Danny Dill on why we’re paying tribute to these great teams by naming our six shinny teams in their honour:
For the 2013 Long Pond Classic my intent was to honor and pay homeage to six great Maritime Senior hockey powerhouses.They were literally the talk of their towns back in their ‘hey days. I thought it would be a nice gesture, like a token of respect from Long Pond and Windsor to recognize these historic hockey franchises and not let the hockey world forget about them.
I grew up listening to my father and his colleagues from these cities talk steady about how great these teams and players were. Many of them players played in the NHL at one time or another.
These teams competed and battled in the Maritimes hoping to earn the right to move on to challenge for the Allan Cup.The Allan Cup was donated in 1909 shortly after the Stanley Cup. It was to be awarded for Canada’s top amateur hockey supremcy each season. It was like the next best thing to winning the Stanley Cup.
Hockey legends were born from Allan Cup Playdowns.
Moncton Hawks won it twice back to back in 1933 and 1934 and Halifax in 1935 led by our very own Windsor native Ernie Mosher who was the captain of Halifax. No doubt he grew up playing shinny on Long Pond.
Sydney made it to the Allan Cup once in 1941, losing a tough final to Regina. Saint John,Truro,and Charlottetown also were very competitive in Maritime League play back in those days. However many years later Truro won the Allan Cup in1998, Saint John in 1992 and Charlottetown in 1991.