On the 121st anniversary of Lord Stanley of Preston gifting the Stanley Cup, Ottawa’s Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Committee announced that it would construct a monument to that moment on Monday. NHL.com collects reports that indicate it could be unveiled on March 18, 2017 – 125 years after the idea was hatched.
It’s expected that the monument will be paid for by donations/sponsors, covering estimated costs of $7-$8 million, according to NHL.com.
Here are some details about where it might be located:
According to multiple Canadian media reports, a monument to Lord Stanley of Preston, the governor general of Canada, will be located on city-owned land near the intersection of Sparks and Elgin streets — not far from where the idea of what would become the Stanley Cup originated.
Check out this video regarding the plan:
This afternoon the Penguins honored their greatest player in the biggest way imaginable by unveiling “Le Magnifique,” a statue of Mario Lemieux.
The statue stands over 10 feet tall and is made of bronze, depicting Lemieux in his gear taking the ice. It’s positioned near the front entrance of CONSOL Energy Center, an arena that would never have been built without Lemieux purchasing the Penguins years ago, ensuring they stayed in Pittsburgh.
If you’re curious what 10 feet of bronze weighs in at, how does 4,700 pounds — over two-and-a-quarter tons — sound to you? It sounds like a creation fitting for the guy who helped bring the Penguins their first two Stanley Cups and literally saved the franchise. Lemieux’s legacy in Pittsburgh is incredible considering his playing prowess as well as what he had to fight through to keep playing. From getting over cancer to back problems, Lemieux’s career is nothing short of amazing.
Now let’s just hope Flyers and Rangers fans can restrain themselves from dressing Mario’s statue up in their team gear during the playoffs.
For newbie fans, the Chicago Blackhawks’ greatest duo might already be Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.* The truth is that those two players have a long way to go to eclipse the team’s legendary one-two punch of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita.
Former owner Bill Wirtz rubbed the two former players the wrong way during his time as owner, but the team rebuilt their ties with the two aging faces of its franchise once Rocky Wirtz took over. The icons have been invited back for various events, but Saturday night featured a fitting moment: the team revealed statues for both of them in a classy ceremony.
Check out video of the announcement below.
* – Oddly, no one’s really making an argument for Eric Daze and Alexei Zhamnov.
You cannot ask for a much better night for the Chicago Blackhawks than last night, whether you’re a relatively new fan (who must have enjoyed the team’s 5-0 win against the New York Islanders) or someone who’s been there since their second most recent Stanley Cup victory.
The latter group can look back at Sunday, January 9th 2011 as a truly fantastic night. On an evening when the team held one of its many heritage night ceremonies to honor the 1961 Stanley Cup winning club, the franchise also announced a celebration of that team’s dynamic duo.
Team president Rocky Wirtz told Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull the exciting news before the game: the team will construct statues for the two great players, which will be located outside the United Center (much like Michael Jordan’s bronze likeness represents the gravy days of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls).
You can read the two great former players’ thoughts in this article here and check out Bobby Hull’s thoughts about the ’61 team in the video below.