Ottawa 2017

STANLEY CUP TRIBUTE

March 15 – 19


Hat trick in 2017 with 3 major hockey milestones: the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the centennial of the National Hockey League and the Ottawa Senator’s 25th hockey season. And we have prepared a vigorous game plan for the occasion with a 5-day celebration – the only celebration in North America!


Wednesday, March 15 > Stanley Cup® 125th Evening Celebration
Hockey fans celebrated the Holy Grail of hockey with NHL alumni Mike Bossy, Paul Coffey, Dave Keon, Guy Lafleur, Frank Mahovlich, Bernie Parent and Bryan Trottier, and of course, the Stanley Cup!  They were joined by guest speakers, entertainment and an exclusive viewing of the newly opened hockey exhibit. In support of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and their commitment to the Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument.

Thursday, March 16 > The Stanley Cup Returns Home During March Break

The Governor General David Johnston welcomed the iconic trophy back to Rideau Hall, along with 100 Greatest NHL® Players Mike Bossy, Paul Coffey, Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich, Bernie Parent and Bryan Trottier. The public was able to have their picture taken inside the residence, beneath the official portrait of Lord Stanley, Canada’s 6th governor general and donator of the Stanley Cup®. Visitors were also invited to lace up their skates and hit the ice on Rideau Hall’s refrigerated outdoor skating rink.

Thursday, March 16 > NHL Centennial Fan Arena

An interactive traveling fan experience, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is a main pillar of the League’s Centennial festivities honoring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments. Fans experienced the innovative Museum Truck; cleaned a sheet of ice in a one-of-a-kind virtual reality Zamboni game; and watched some of the NHL’s greatest highlights and stories on a giant video screen.

Friday, March 17 > Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert

Metric, The Sheepdogs, Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet rocked the capital during this amazing concert!

 

The show included tales of Stanley Cup glory by living hockey legends such as Dave Keon, Mike BossyGuy Lafleur, Frank MahovlichBernie Parent and Bryan Trottier, six of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most inspirational moments. Liam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality hosted the event along with renowned hockey sports anchor Chantal Machabée. The cup itself was the guest of honour at this memorable experience for all ages.

This original concept show, an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, in collaboration with the National Hockey League, Live Nation Canada and the Ottawa Senators, took place at Canadian Tire Centre.

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. On March 18, residents and visitors witnessed 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.

Saturday, March 18 & Sunday, March 19 >NHL Centennial Fan Arena
An interactive traveling fan experience, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is a main pillar of the League’s Centennial festivities honouring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments. Fans experienced the innovative Museum Truck; cleaned a sheet of ice in a one-of-a-kind virtual reality Zamboni game; and watched some of the NHL’s greatest highlights and stories on a giant video screen. In addition, the Stanley Cup® was available for fans to get their photo taken.

Ongoing > Hockey in Canada – Hockey
Until 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, click here.