Birthplace of hockey can be yours for C$1.38 million
Canada is of course, hockey mad. It’s been that way since, well, before Canada was a country, and it is all believed to have started on a large pond near Windsor Nova Scotia. Indeed “Long Pond” is believed to be the so-called “cradle of hockey” where the game of hurley evolved into hockey in the early 1800’s*
It’s also where for almost 30 years, the annual Long Pond Heritage Classic is played as a charitable fund raising event where small teams of enthusiasts from Canada, the U.S, and overseas, often wearing hockey jerseys from the past, get to choose from several professional hockey legends to play on their team. It has become a huge annual event in the nearby town of Windsor.
Now Long Pond and the surrounding 10 hectares are for sale. With the deal goes the name Long Pond which has been trademarked since 2005.
The property is being sold by owner Danny Dill and his brother Andrew. Although the plots have been in the Dill family since 1878
Danny says the hockey aspect has been taking far too much of their time. They want to focus on their farming business including the growing of world record giant pumpkins which had been developed by their father, the late Howard Dill who was also a hockey fan and began collecting memorabilia since the 1940’s and created an ad hoc hockey museum.
Danny Dill says he hopes a buyer will create a sort of hockey tourist attraction similar to a national hall of fame and museum type of venture.
The town of Windsor agrees but does want to put limits on the type of development that may take place there.
*As to claims that hockey began in Montreal in 1873, or in Halifax in the 1820’s, or in the 1840’s in Kingston Ontario, the Dills scoff at the findings. There are printed references to hurley/hockey being played on Long Pond by boys from the nearby King’s College School in 1800-1816, and a recollection by another former student between 1816-1818
- Long Pond Heritage Classic
- Brithplace of Hockey-evidence for Long Pond
- CBC: E. Smith: Nov 19/19: Want to buy a piece of hockey history?
- Halifax Chronicle Herald: A.Thompson: Nov 18/19: Windsor’s Long Pond where hockey began, is up for sale
- Canadian Press (via Global News): M. MacDonald: Nova Scotia pond billed as cradle of hockey put up for sale