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!

Post-Long Pond Classic: Local Teams Attend Players Clinic

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.

New Boundaries Charity Game: RCMP Vs Fire Departments

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.

A New Boundaries Tour with Mike Krushelnyski and Glenn Anderson

With the pending Friday night charity game as a fund raiser for New Boundaries, Mike Krushelnyski and Glenn Anderson from “Legends All-Stars Hockey Events” took time to visit with the group. Due to the of the previous day’s storm, it was a snow-day for the clients. Staff and family on hand were however excited to visit with them and provide an overview of the groups mission and purpose while touring its operation which was greatly appreciated.

The Draft: RCMP vs Windsor & Hantsport Fire Depts.

IMG_0225The 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.

Wayne Rostad to Host Long Pond Classic

Wayne_Ronstad_3The Former On the Road Again host will be in town early next month

The Hants Journal has reported that Wayne Rostad will host the upcoming Long Pond Classic in Windsor Nova Scotia, the Birthplace of Hockey.   He is identified in the story as “a man who charmed Canadian audiences from coast to coast for two decades as the host of a popular television series”.

For complete details visit Hants Journal.ca

 

Carly Jackson Eyes Long Pond Classic 2015

Carly Jackson Stick on Shoulders
Image Source: Chronicle Herald

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.