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.
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 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 great time to get together after a day of hockey on the Long Pond
A collection of photos from the original Long Pond Hockey Classic in 2012 provides a glimpse of the fun to be had for this year’s 2014 event on Feb 8th in Windsor NS.
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.
Location of the upcoming Long Pond Classic! See you there February 11, 2012!