We’ve put together a gallery of memorable events for Lord Stanley’s Gift monument. You will find them all here.
GroundbreakingMarch 18, 2017
Exactly 125 years to the day when and where Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada’s 6th Governor General, donated the original cup to the game of hockey, a ceremonial “puck drop” for the Lord Stanley’s Gift monument was held to commemorate its groundbreaking.
Present for the groundbreaking were His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change; His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa; George Hunter, President of Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument Inc.; Artist Linda Covit of Covit/Nguyen/NORR/EllisDon design team; and NHL Alumni Frank Mahovlich and Dave Keon.
Photo credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall. © OSGG, 2017. Reproduced with the permission of the OSGG, 2017.
Photo credit: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/OSHC
Stanley Cup 125th Tribute WeekMarch 14, 2017
March 14-18th marked a 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.
The four-day celebration of the Stanley Cup began with the opening of the “Hockey” exhibit at Canadian Museum of History. The Governor General David Johnston welcomed the iconic trophy home to Rideau Hall. There was a public meet-and-greet of the Stanley Cup and NHL alumni at the Aberdeen Pavilion, a tribute concert at Canadian Tire Centre, and of course, the groundbreaking of Lord Stanley’s Gift monument, exactly 125 years to the day when Lord Stanley of Preston gifted the original cup to the game of hockey.
Photo credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall. © OSGG, 2017. Reproduced with the permission of the OSGG, 2017.
Canadian Museum of History “Hockey” exhibitMarch 9, 2017
On March 9, 2017 the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa opened its much anticipated Hockey Exhibition. Featured at the exhibit is Lord Stanley’s Gift monument winning design maquette by team Covit / Nguyen / NORR. We are thrilled to be a part of ‘Hockey’ which runs from March 10 – October 9, 2017.
Interpretive Panels at monument siteMarch 8, 2017
On March 8, 2017, eight temporary interpretive panels were installed on the hoarding fences surrounding the monument site to serve as a theatrical backdrop for the forthcoming monument. The panels tell the story of Lord Stanley, his gift, the competition, and the winning design.
Winning Design Mock-upJanuary 17, 2017
A full size mock-up of the winning design monument was installed January 17, 2017 on the Sparks Street site in Ottawa. The purpose of the mock-up was to test the visual impact of the artwork in its urban context. Linda Covit, the lead artist for winning Canadian design team Covit/Nguyen/NORR/EllisDon, was very happy with the result. The mock-up was a success and dismantled the same day.
Governor General’s ReceptionOctober 27, 2016
On October 27, 2016, a very special reception was held by Governor General David Johnson at Rideau Hall to celebrate the exceptionally talented finalists and the progress of the Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument Public Art Competition. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnson is the Distinguished Patron of Lord Stanley’s Gift.
Rideau Hall. Photo credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2016. / Mention de source : Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © BSGG, 2016
Relocation of “Territorial Prerogative” (The Bear)September 27, 2016
Sculptor Bruce Garner’s “Territorial Prerogative” (the Bear) was relocated to its new place at the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe to clear the existing site for the Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument. The “Bear on the move” relocation operation took place on September 27, 2016. It was a formidable sight.
Finalists ExpoSeptember 22, 2016
An exposition of the eight finalist designs was held at the Canada Council for the Arts, Âjagemô Gallery, in Ottawa on September 22nd and 23rd September, 2016. The eight Finalists were selected from the forty entries reviewed by a jury of eminent Canadians, highly respected in the fields of public art, culture, history, and hockey. Representatives of the eight Finalist Design Teams were at the Exposition to present their design proposals to the jury and public, using video display and a maquette. The winning team was announced on November 14, 2016.
Finalists presentations to jurySeptember 22, 2016
As part of the competition process, the eight design team finalists presented their concepts and maquettes to the jury at the Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa on September 22, 2016. Each team had fifteen minutes to present to the jury, follow by fifteen minutes Q&A. You can find the ‘post-game’ interviews with each design team, here. The eight Finalists were selected from the forty entries reviewed by a jury of eminent Canadians, highly respected in the fields of public art, culture, history, and hockey.
Competition Finalists briefingJune 17, 2016
On June 17, 2016, members of each finalist team met in Ottawa for a briefing session of the monument competition. Mayor Jim Watson and LSMMI Chair, George Hunter, gave the finalists a warm welcome. Project Manager and Professional Advisor, Barry Padolsky, walked the finalists through the monument’s inception, creative overview and details of the RFP. Of note, finalist pulled letters A-G out of a hat to determine their placement at the public expo in September 2016. The party also took a walk up to the monument site.
Lord Stanley’s Gift monument public art competition launchMarch 18, 2016
On March 18, 2016 the Lord Stanley’s Gift monument public art competition and website were launched. A press conference was held at the Âjagemô Gallery at Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa. It was a rare opportunity to see the original Stanley cup, gifted to Canada by Lord Stanley of Preston, 6th Governor General of Canada on March 18, 1892. Speaking at the press conference were: George Hunter, Chair, LSMMI, Stephane Lauzon, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Peter O’Leary, Ottawa Senators Chief Marketing Officer, Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, and Steve Mayer, National Hockey League, Executive Vice President.
Paul Kitchen announces monument location at press conferenceMarch 18, 2013
On March 18th, 2013 a press conference was held at D’Arcy McGee’s Pub in Ottawa to announce the selected site for Lord Stanley’s Gift monument, located at the east entrance of Ottawa’s Sparks Street Mall, facing Confederation Square and the National War Memorial. This prime piece of real estate is 50 metres west of the very spot on which Lord Stanley announced his intention to offer a challenge cup (what would become known as the Stanley Cup) as the symbol of hockey excellence in Canada. Details on the design competition, as well as next steps in the completion of the project were shared with the members of the media and general public.
Attending the press conference: Paul Kitchen (1937-2015), President, Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Committee; The Honourable Bal Gosal – Federal Minister of State (Sport); Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa; Murray Costello – Former President of Hockey Canada and former Vice-President of the International Ice Hockey Federation; Members of the Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Committee; Special guests and dignitaries.
In 2010, a small but dedicated group of citizens led by the late historian Paul Kitchen formed a non-profit corporation with the dream of creating a monument to celebrate this historic event and the spirit and excitement of the game of hockey—now played in more than 90 countries. The monument, a significant piece of public art, was to be called Lord Stanley’s Gift.