Long Pond Heritage Classic brings together community at hockey's
WINDSOR, NS, Feb. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - The inaugural Long Pond Heritage
Classic is underway today, celebrating Canada's hockey heritage and
raising funds to save the Hockey Heritage Museum in Windsor, Nova
Scotia - the birthplace of Canada's game.
The event was conceived by Home Hardware's Gardening Expert Mark Cullen
and Windsor Home Hardware Dealer, Jeff Redden in response to reports
that the Hockey Heritage Museum was facing closure due to lack of
"Hockey is a Canadian game and is a central part of life in communities
from coast to coast. Jeff and I knew something had to be done to ensure
that the Hockey Heritage Museum has a sustainable future," said Mark
Cullen, Home Hardware's Gardening Expert.
Cullen and Redden approached other local businesses and community
organizations and, along with the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society,
formed a committee to organize this worthwhile event.
"Home Hardware has a long tradition of supporting hockey across Canada
from minor hockey to junior hockey to the pros," said Jeff Redden,
Dealer-Owner, Windsor Home Hardware. "Mark and I knew how important
this part of our history is not only to the people of Windsor, but to
all Canadians. And what better way to support the Hockey Heritage
Museum than to bring the community together to play a little outdoor
The Long Pond Heritage Classic will pit six teams (74 players) in
vintage NHL jerseys against each other in a four on four shinny
tournament in support of the Hockey Heritage Museum. Following a
morning of guided tours at the Museum, teams will gather for lunch at
the celebrated Kings-Edgehill School - home of the world's first hockey
players - before making the historic trek to Long Pond for the
Windsor's Long Pond is the birthplace of hockey. Canada's first
internationally best-selling author, Thomas Chandler Haliburton,
documents young boys playing "hurley" on the ice at Long Pond as far
back as 1800.
The tournament will be followed by a meal, reception and an evening of
entertainment and auction of hockey memorabilia. Former NHL stars Jaro
Sevcik, Terry O'Reilly and Syl Apps Jr. will be in attendance, along
with the president and CEO of the AHL, David Andrews.
"The outpouring of support from across Canada has been overwhelming, and
we would like to thank everyone on the organizing committee, all the
sponsors and everyone taking to the ice on Saturday for supporting this
In addition to the tournament, Home Hardware's Gardening Expert Mark
Cullen held a private event at Windsor Home Hardware on January 10 to
raise money for the museum.
For more information, or to support the Long Pond Heritage Classic,
please visit http://longpondclassic.com.
About Home Hardware Stores Limited
100% Canadian owned and operated, Home Hardware Stores Limited has a
presence in every Canadian province and territory and is the country's
largest independent, Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials
and furniture cooperative. Founded on January 1, 1964 by 122
independent hardware Dealers, the cooperative now includes more than
1,080 stores, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home
Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual
collective retail sales of more than $5 billion. Home Hardware's
independent Dealer-Owners, recognized by the North American Retail
Hardware Association as Canada's best-trained Dealer group, have access
to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products, a world-class
distribution system and draw upon the power of Home Hardware's network
to provide their local communities with top quality products and
services at competitive prices.
SOURCE Home Hardware Stores Limited
For further information:
Jeff Redden, Dealer-Owner, Windsor Home Hardware at 902-798-3222 or Lindsey Dietrich, Public Relations Coordinator, Home Hardware Stores Limited at 519-664-2252 ext. 6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.