Published on July 12, 2011
Avard Woolaver and the Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre‚Äôs summer student, Ryan Mulloy, meet in the retro locker room on display at the museum. (Ashley Thompson photo)
Published on July 12, 2011
From left, David Hunter, Michelle Coleman, Ryan Mulloy, Avard Woolaver and Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley gather in the trophy room of the new Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre. (Ashley Thompson photo)
Grand opening set for July 27 at 7 p.m.
Windsor‚Äôs Hockey Heritage Centre is right at home in the Haliburton House Museum.
The ode to Canada‚Äôs national sport has been open for visitors in its new Clifton Avenue location since mid-June.
Members of Windsor‚Äôs Hockey Heritage Society, and Nova Scotia Museum, are working diligently to ensure all of the displays in the hockey heritage centre‚Äôs wing of Thomas Chandler Haliburton‚Äôs former abode are ready for the grand opening.
Windsor‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI think the historic context of the Haliburton House is what really brings together the whole claim of Windsor being the birthplace of hockey,‚ÄĚ he said.
Speaking of the museum‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúWe just want everybody to come out‚Ä¶ and see how much of a difference there is between where we came from (on Gerrish Street) and where we are now,‚ÄĚ Hunter said, adding that the valuables in the society‚Äôs 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‚Äôs writing had on the shaping of his community.
She expects to see a spike in visitors this summer.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs something fresh for people to see and it will be a draw for hockey fans from all over,‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs been known to appear,‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúWe haven‚Äôt got a 100 per cent, official ‚ÄėYes, I will be there,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Hunter said of the extended invitation.
‚ÄúHe just in such high demand.‚ÄĚ
But, Hunter said he has been assured Marchand will try his best to be in attendance.
Windsor‚Äôs 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.