Hockey heritage society courting NHLer

Ashley Thompson
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Grand opening set for July 27 at 7 p.m.


Windsor’s Hockey Heritage Centre is right at home in the Haliburton House Museum.

The ode to Canada’s national sport has been open for visitors in its new Clifton Avenue location since mid-June.

Members of Windsor’s Hockey Heritage Society, and Nova Scotia Museum, are working diligently to ensure all of the displays in the hockey heritage centre’s wing of Thomas Chandler Haliburton’s former abode are ready for the grand opening.

Windsor’s mayor Paul Beazley, an executive member of the hockey heritage society, says the new setup, in an old home, helps take visitors back to the days when Haliburton first wrote about children playing hurley-on-ice on Long Pond in the 1800s.

“I think the historic context of the Haliburton House is what really brings together the whole claim of Windsor being the birthplace of hockey,” he said.

Speaking of the museum’s layout in its new home, Beazley said the extra space has allowed for a well-organized, theme-based setup that more clearly depicts the evolution of the sport.

The society’s president, David Hunter, says the new location makes it easier for the society to tell the story of how hockey was born, and who has been playing it since the very beginning.

“We just want everybody to come out… and see how much of a difference there is between where we came from (on Gerrish Street) and where we are now,” Hunter said, adding that the valuables in the society’s possession are properly displayed in the spacious Haliburton House Musuem.

Michelle Coleman, a senior heritage interpreter for the Haliburton House and Shand House museums, says being under the same roof as the hockey heritage centre will make more people aware of the significant impact Haliburton’s writing had on the shaping of his community.

She expects to see a spike in visitors this summer.

“It’s something fresh for people to see and it will be a draw for hockey fans from all over,” she said.

The general public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre in the Haliburton House Museum July 27 at 7 p.m.

Hunter says there will be music by the Dixieland Band, cake, fruit punch, museum tours and, potentially, a visit from Boston Bruin Brad Marchand.

Marchand donated an autographed stick, hat and picture of his first NHL goal for a recent golf tournament the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society held as a joint fundraiser with the Windsor Royals Jr. B Hockey Club.

“He’s been known to appear,” Hunter said.

Hunter says he has been told Marchand, a recent Stanley Cup winner hailing from the Halifax Regional Municipality, will do his best to make it to the grand opening.

“We haven’t got a 100 per cent, official ‘Yes, I will be there,’” Hunter said of the extended invitation.

“He just in such high demand.”

But, Hunter said he has been assured Marchand will try his best to be in attendance.

Windsor’s Hockey Heritage Centre is closed Monday, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Organizations: Haliburton House, Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre, Heritage Society Nova Scotia Museum Shand House NHL Windsor Royals Jr. B Hockey Club Halifax Regional Municipality

Geographic location: Canada, Clifton Avenue, Long Pond Gerrish Street

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  • sydney
    July 15, 2011 - 23:57

    Why would you have not such people as John Paris Jr. who has brought attention to Windsor on a world wide intent not only with hockey but media and more, all on a positive note. He is a noted speaker, teacher as many have acknowledged openly. We heard him speak in the USA and it was quite an excellent presentation. regardless all the best to your opening and congratulations on the hall.