Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Jan. 30, support of up to $3 million for the creation of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre. The state-of the-art building will include an ice rink, sports fields, an indoor track and a museum that will tell the story of hockey in Canada.
The announcement was made with the community, hockey fans and a handful of hockey greats at Windsor’s historic Long Pond just steps away from the town’s famous home ice.
“The Hockey Heritage Centre will re-affirm Nova Scotia’s longstanding connection with hockey,” said Premier McNeil. “With government’s support in place, we expect the Long Pond Hockey Arena Society will be able to leverage other support and to further their fundraising efforts.”
The Long Pond Hockey Arena Society, which is leading the proposal for the Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre, is using Windsor’s heritage and its history to create a strong future for the community.
“The Hockey Heritage Centre will be a catalyst for economic growth and regional pride in our province,” said Greg Kelley, chair of the Long Pond Hockey Arena Society. “It will establish Windsor and Nova Scotia as a unique, high-quality destination point for international hockey fans and travelers.”
The Hockey Heritage Centre has received commitments of financial and in-kind support from the Town of Windsor, the Municipality of West Hants, and King’s-Edgehill School. The centre also has support from the Dill family, the owners of Long Pond, which is located on Dill Farm.
Today’s event launched the Long Pond Hockey Arena Society’s fundraising campaign for the hockey centre.