Wayne Rostad to Guest Host Long Pond Classic

Wayne Rostad, popular television host, entertainer and friend of Canadian ice hockey has been announced as the host / MC of the upcoming Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic.

With a biography and background that spans the country coast-to-coast, Wayne Rostad is a part of the Canadian fabric within its arts, cultural and entertainment industry. A few highlights of his professional accomplishments over many years include: hosting CBC’s “One the Road Again”, CTV’s “Country Report” and the “Children’s Miracle Telethon Network”.  He is a member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Canada 125 Medal.

When we look at Wayne’s community and charitable accomplishments, we receive a broader sense of his dedication to giving back to his community.  A summary of both his personal and professional accomplishments (well worth viewing), can be seen here as a part of the WanyeRostad.com website.

Speaking on behalf of the organizing committee, David Hunter commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to have someone like Wayne participating as part of this year’s event. In speaking with Wayne earlier today he is equally excited to be involved and he really looks forward to serving as our guest MC at this year’s Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic banquet. ”

The Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic began four years ago and serves as one of the community’s main fund raising events for the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society. Funds raised assist the organization to operate the Windsor Hockey Heritage Museum as well as promoting the town’s proud hockey history and its evolution from Long Pond in Windsor to the world. Windsor has staked a solid claim as the Birthplace of Hockey with Long Pond celebrated as the Cradle of Hockey!

In discussing this year’s event David Hunter further commented, “We have a great team of players this year which can be reviewed on our website at LongPondClassic.com. It includes: Glenn Anderson, Mike Krushelnyski, Dennis Vial and Robert Sweeney plus others. The teams are filling up and banquet tickets are selling fast, so for anyone wanting to play or attend, now is the best time to sign-up before the event sells out as in previous years.”

Prior to the official Long Pond Classic event,  the local New Boundaries organization will kick off the weekend hosting its annual charity fund raising hockey game between the local RCMP and Windsor Fire Department. Game time is 7:30 PM at the Hants Exhibition arena.  Some of the Celebrity players from the tournament will also be lacing up their skates for this fun-filled event.

The Long Pond Classic will kick off on Saturday morning with the first games starting at 9AM at Long Pond. The official opening ceremony will be at approximately 12:30 PM.  Following the day’s games the doors for the Banquet will open at 5:30 PM and Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM.

For added information on the Long Pond Classic visit, www.LongPondClassic.com and for added information on Wayne Ronstad visit: www.waynerostad.com

Carly Jackson Eyes Long Pond Classic 2015

Carly Jackson Stick on Shoulders
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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.


Long Pond Heritage Classic 2015 – Date Etched in Ice

Long Pond Heritage Classic 2015 BannerThe organizers for the 4th annual 2015 Long Pond Heritage Classic have announced the date of this years fun raising tournament will be held on Feb 7, 2015.

Established by community minded individuals both local and away in 2012, the event was designed to provide a fun and historical experience for hockey lovers playing on the original Long Pond where hockey began in Windsor NS circa 1800.

The event was successfully held in 2012 and 2014, yet suffered the misfortunes of a winter blizzard in 2013.  With 2015 date now set, event details and registration information is expected to follow shortly.

Peter Mahovlich – latest ex-NHL star announced for Long Pond Hockey Classic in Windsor

Windsor Hockey Heritage Society President David Hunter announced Friday that Peter Mahovlich is the latest well known ex-NHL player to agree to attend the Long Pond Hockey Heritage Classic February 8th in Windsor. Mahovlich topped the 100 point plateau twice in his career with the Montreal Canadiens, in both 1974-75 and 1975-76 when he was also part of the league’s top scoring line playing beside Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt. Mahovlich was a first round and second overall draft pick taken by the Detroit Red Wings in June 1963.

Besides his prolific scoring years in Montreal, Mahovlich had his name placed on the Stanley Cup four times. He also played with the Detroit Red Wings during the latter stages of his career recording a 66 point season in 1979-80 and prior to that, he played two seasons in Pittsburgh garnering 114 points on 39 goals and 75 assists.

Hunter said, “Mahovlich was also a key member of Team Canada during the 1972 Summit Series when he played in seven of the eight games.” His lone goal of the tournament coming when he skated around three Soviets and scored short-handed to lead Canada to their only win in four games in Canada. Peter was respected by his National Hockey League peers for his esteemed accuracy in passing and his skill with the puck. He was also quite a prankster in NHL dressing rooms, becoming famous for setting newspapers on fire while they were being read by his teammates and he was also a well-respected plant grower, leaving other players confused as to how he could grow plants in his locker stall. Peter to this day plays an active role in the sport and is currently an advanced professional scout for the vastly improving Florida Panthers.

Mahovlich joins the previously announced Rick Middleton, the 14th overall first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 1973 before being traded to Boston in the famous Ken Hodge exchange. This deal was described as one trade the New York Rangers have regretted to this day. Middleton went on to accumulate nearly 1,000 points while Hodge only played one more year in the league. Middleton’s career season with Boston was 1981-82 when he scored 51 goals and was named the winner of the NHL’s Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanlike play during an entire season.

Middleton had five straight seasons of 40 goals and 90 points while in Boston while also recording a 105 point season for the Bruins in 1983-84. Middleton also played on a line with Wayne Gretzky and Michel Goulet in the 1984 Canada Cup, scoring four goals and four assists while also playing in the NHL All-Star Game three separate years in 1981, 1982 and 1984. He finished his NHL career in 1988 with 448 goals, 52 short of the magical 500 number.

Gilbert Dionne and brother to Marcel played on the last Canadian team to win a Stanley Cup – the 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens and will also be part of the festivities on Long Pond. Dionne played 75 games for the Cup Champs in 92-93, scoring 20 goals and collecting 28 assists before adding 6 goals and 6 assists in the playoffs. Dionne finished his NHL career after being injured following a trade to Philadelphia in the strike-shortened 1994-95 season.

Forbes Kennedy who has appeared in Windsor before at Hockey Heritage Functions is a true entertainer and will always be remembered for being involved in what was called “the mean spirited trade” in July 1957 when Kennedy was dealt with other players from the Chicago Blackhawks to Detroit for the infamous Ted Lindsay. Kennedy also played with Boston for four seasons and two years in Philadelphia after being selected in the original 1967 expansion draft by the Flyers. Kennedy was a consistent checker and penalty killer during his NHL career that lasted more than 600 games. The only thing he never overcame in his hockey career was his fear of mice which other teammates exploited unmercifully. Kennedy finished his playing career with the Toronto Maple leafs under Punch Imlach in 1969-70.

All four of these well-known former NHL players will be around Long Pond all day with action beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning prior to the official opening ceremonies at 12:00 noon. They will also attend the Hockey Heritage Banquet slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening at Kings-Edgehill. Hunter concluded, “with last year’s classic being cancelled because of the major blizzard which befell Windsor-West Hants and all of Nova Scotia the morning of the event, this year’s event is intended to be extra special as the Hockey Heritage Society’s first major fundraising effort of the season, the second one coming in late spring when the annual golf tournament is held. There are only limited openings for players for the Long Pond Classic and Banquet ticket and table sales started slow but have become a hot item in the past few days. Of the 19 tables which can seat ten people each, sales have now exceeded 75%, if you are interested in a ticket or a corporate table of ten, feel free to call Hunter at 798-2025 or Hockey Heritage Director Dan Boyd at 798-2984.