I am pleased to announce on behalf of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, along with their lead partner CIBC, and the Ottawa Senators, in collaboration with the National Hockey League, the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the Canadian Museum of History and Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument that a Stanley Cup 125th Tribute will take place from March 15 to 18, 2017.
This memorable four-day event will celebrate the integral role hockey has played in shaping our country’s identity and the longstanding love and admiration Canadians have for our national treasure, the Stanley Cup. It will be the signature event to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup next year in Ottawa, where the tradition started.
In addition to celebrating our country’s 150th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, 2017 also marks the centennial of the National Hockey League and the Ottawa Senator’s 25th hockey season.
The festivities launch on Wednesday, March 15, with an evening gala at the Canadian Museum of History, where a new exhibition will celebrate the sport of hockey. The following day, March 16, His Excellency Mayor Watson will welcome hockey fans and the Stanley Cup to the grounds of Rideau Hall, the birthplace of this iconic trophy.
On Friday, March 17, the Aberdeen Pavilion will be the site of a meet and greet with the iconic trophy and NHL alumni players who strove to win the ultimate hockey season reward. Later that same evening at Canadian Tire Centre, hockey fans will be treated to a Stanley Cup 125th Tribute Concert.
To wrap up the celebrations, on Saturday March 18, 125 years to the day since the Stanley Cup trophy was first presented, a historic ground-breaking ceremony will take place on Sparks Street, home to the future monument to Lord Stanley’s Gift.
At a glance:
Wednesday, March 15 Stanley Cup® 125th Evening Gala
NHL alumni will join special guests for a soirée with guest speakers and entertainment inside the Canadian Museum of History.
Thursday, March 16 The Stanley Cup Returns Home During March Break
The Governor General David Johnston will welcome the iconic trophy back to Rideau Hall. The public will be able to have their picture taken inside the residence, beneath the official portrait of Lord Stanley, Canada’s 6th governor general and originator of the Stanley Cup tradition.
Friday, March 17 Meet and Greet with NHL Hockey Legends and the Stanley Cup
Hockey fans will have the opportunity to meet their favourite NHL alumni and have their picture taken with the Stanley Cup inside the Aberdeen Pavilion, the same place where fans used to cheer for the Silver Seven, now known as the Ottawa Senators.
Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert
This original concept show at Canadian Tire Centre will feature theatrical and musical performances by top talent, plus tales of Stanley Cup glory by living hockey legends. It promises to be a memorable multimedia and immersive experience for all ages.
Saturday, March 18 Stanley Cup Monument Ground-Breaking Ceremony
In December 2017, a monument to mark the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup will be unveiled in Canada’s capital, steps from the very birthplace of hockey’s Holy Grail. Residents and visitors will witness the ground-breaking ceremony at the site of this future national landmark on Sparks Street, 125 years to the day that the Stanley Cup was born.
Ongoing Hockey in Canada – More Than Just a Game
From March 9 to October 9, 2017, sports enthusiasts will explore a new hockey exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History that celebrates the sport’s evolution and its widespread appeal. For more information on this program and to contribute your historical hockey items, please visit ottawasenators.com/sensartifacts.
Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.
This is a great opportunity for Stittsville to shine as a major attraction during Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. Remember to soak in some hockey and demonstrate your true Canadian pride that week.
I would like to extend a formal thank you to Cyril Leeder and the Ottawa Senators foundation along with CIBC for their involvement and their support. I would also like to thank Mayor Watson, Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Councillor Jean Cloutier, Guy Laflamme and the entire 2017 team for their unrelenting support for Canada’s 150th celebration.
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