New song highlights Long Pond as the birthplace of hockey

The earliest documented evidence concerning the origins of ice hockey show that the first game of hockey was most likely played on Long Pond in Windsor, Nova Scotia in the early 1800’s. Parker’s song, “Hockey Was Invented By A Nova Scotian” tells the story of how Nova Scotians invented, developed and then shared their passion with the rest of Canada and the World.

The song, which can be heard on the website, is released just weeks before the puck drops at the Long Pond Heritage Classic, a celebrity-filled hockey fundraiser that will take place on Saturday February 11, 2012 at the birthplace of hockey, Long Pond, in Windsor Nova Scotia. Spectators get in free to the Long Pond heritage Classic. So far, sixty players of all abilities have signed up to take part in the Long Pond Classic, leaving about a dozen tickets left.  To learn more about the Long Pond Heritage Classic, or to register, please visit

Dave Parker was born and raised in Windsor, Nova Scotia where he learned to skate and play the wonderful game of hockey on the many ponds that surround this historic town. He left Windsor in the early 1980s to seek musical pursuits in Toronto and Montreal (Shuffle Demons, Jig’s Up!, Trio David Parker, Sax-o-Matic) Eventually he settled in Quebec City where he continues to perform, teach and compose music. He still plays hockey every Thursday night!

For more information on “Hockey Was Invented By A Nova Scotian” and/or Dave Parker, please visit his website:

Ex-NHLer Brian Propp sends well wishes to the LPHC

Brian Propp sends us a note sharing his fond memories of pond hockey and wishing us luck with the fundraising!

Hi, my name is Brian Propp. I played for 15 seasons in the NHL from 1979 until 1994, mostly with the Flyers, with a bit of time in Boston, and Minnesota before I finished up with Hartford. I played 1016 games and had 1004 points. I played 160 playoff games and had 64 goals and 84 assists for 148 points. I played in 5 Stanley Cup Finals and 5 All-Star games. I won the Canada Cup in 1987 and the Spengler Cup in 1992 with Team Canada.I grew up in Neudord, Saskatchewan, a town about the third the size of Windsor NS where you are now, and our winters were all about hockey. Playing on ponds, or homemade back yard rinks was what we lived for. I just played a 4 on 4 pond hockey tournament in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 4 years ago and my team was my brothers and sisters. We finished 2nd. When I heard about the Long Pond Heritage Classic, and the fundraising initiative that you are all a part of, I wanted to send you a quick message.

I would have loved to have been with you today and maybe in the future I can get out to Windsor NS to join you in your celebrations.

Have a great time, and as I said when I scored, “Guffaw!”
Brian Propp