OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2013) - On March 18, 1892, Canada's Governor General, Lord Stanley of Preston, donated a "challenge cup", to be presented each year to the champion hockey team of the Dominion. Today, 121 years later to the day of this announcement, it was announced that a monument in honour of this moment in Canada's history will be located at the corner of Sparks and Elgin Streets in Ottawa.
"This is the perfect location," said Paul Kitchen, noted hockey historian and President of the Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Committee. "The monument will be located across from the site of the former Russell House Hotel where the Governor General's announcement of the Stanley Cup was made, and one block south of the East Block of the Parliament Buildings where Lord Stanley maintained an office. This presentation by Lord Stanley was an iconic moment in our Canadian sporting history and this project will inspire pride in all Canadians."
"There is no question that the Stanley Cup is one of the most iconic symbols in Canadian sport", said Bal Gosal, Canada's Minister of State for Sport. "This is an excellent initiative and will go a long way in promoting Canada's history in the sport of hockey. It is also very fitting that this Monument be located steps from Parliament Hill and in the centre of the nation's capital."
"Ottawa has been the site of so many important moments in Canada's history," said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. "Hockey is part of the Canadian fabric and I congratulate the Monument Committee on their efforts to honour Lord Stanley's gift in this fashion. I support the selection of Sparks and Elgin Streets as the location of the monument, very fitting as this is where the gift was announced by the Governor General of the day."
Murray Costello, former Vice-President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and former President of Hockey Canada is a member of the Memorial Committee, and was in attendance at the announcement. "Hockey plays such an important role in the daily lives of many Canadians. The Stanley Cup is symbolic with the highest achievement in professional hockey and this monument will be an inspiration to everyone."
Details on the design competition, as well as next steps in the completion of the project were also shared today. The target date for the unveiling of the monument is March 18, 2017, which coincides with the 125th anniversary of the gift of the Stanley Cup. The year 2017 will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NHL, as well as Canada's 150th anniversary of its Confederation.