January 23, 2017


OTTAWA – Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument Inc. (LSMMI), a non-profit charitable organization, is pleased to report that a full size mock-up of the proposed monument was erected Tuesday, January 17 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 dismantled the same day.

Winning design full size mock up: Andy Critch, Dan Caminiti, Lucas Stark and Bruce Demers
Photographer: Jeff Lively

The winning monument design is inspired by the historic, simple silver bowl donated by Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada’s 6th Governor General in 1892 to recognize the “champion hockey team in the Dominion”.

The sculpture will rise from a white paved “hockey rink” with imbedded stainless steel lines evoking skate marks and 39 granite discs engraved with the names of the Stanley Cup winners from 1893 to 2017. A 1.4 M diameter black granite bench in the form of a “hockey puck” would complete the ensemble.
The winner was chosen by the Board from eight Finalists, having considered the advice from a jury of eminent Canadians, highly respected in the fields of public art, culture, history, and hockey.

The monument will be donated to the City of Ottawa and unveiled in December, 2017 in downtown Ottawa at the corner of Elgin and Sparks Streets, just steps from the site where Lord Stanley of Preston (the 6th Governor General of Canada) gifted the Stanley Cup on March 18, 1892.

The unveiling will be part of the 2017 celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League, and the 25th anniversary of the
Ottawa Senators. A Groundbreaking Ceremony is planned for March 18, 2017 on the 125th anniversary of Lord Stanley’s original gift.

The monument is expected to become a prominent new landmark in Canada’s capital.


Winning design: Covit/Nguyen/NORR/EllisDon (Montréal QC )

For more information, consult the Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument Public Art Competition Website lordstanleysgift.com or contact:

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