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.