October 28, 2017
LORD STANLEY’S GIFT MONUMENT OFFICIALLY UNVEILED
MONUMENT DEEDED TO THE CITY OF OTTAWA AS PART OF FORMAL CEREMONY
Saturday October 28, 2017
OTTAWA – Today, Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument Inc. (LSMMI) officially unveiled the public work of art erected in honour of the gift made in 1892 by Canada’s 6th Governor General, Lord Stanley of Preston. The Monument, representing the simple silver bowl offered 125 years ago to recognize the “champion hockey team in the Dominion”, is located at the corner of Sparks and Elgin Streets in downtown Ottawa, and was gifted to the City of Ottawa during the unveiling ceremony.
In order to select the monument’s design team, a national competition was held and the winning team, Covit/Nguyen/NORR of Montreal, QC was announced in November 2016. The winning design was inspired by the historic, simple silver bowl donated by Lord Stanley and is fabricated of silvered stainless-steel bands, parted to invite visitors to pass through it with framed views of the National War Memorial. The sculpture rises from a white paved ”hockey rink” with embedded stainless steel lines evoking skate marks and 36 granite pucks engraved with the names of the Stanley Cup winners from 1893 to 2017. A black granite bench in the form of a hockey puck completes the monument.
“It has been an honour to design and create this new monument in the heart of Canada’s capital.” said Linda Covit, Artist, winning design team, “Today’s unveiling marks the end of a long process, many months of work and much collaboration. I thank all of the design partners and the many people who contributed to its realization and am happy to celebrate with you today’s unveiling!”
The Government of Canada, Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, National Hockey League and City of Ottawa are supporters in the project, and representatives from each were on hand to participate in the unveiling.
“We have been working on this project since 2009,” said George Hunter, President of LSMMI. “Today’s unveiling of this breathtaking piece of public art is the culmination of many years of work of our group of volunteers and a tribute to the vision of our original President, the late Paul Kitchen.”
“This incredible monument is part of a landmark year for hockey in the Nation’s Capital”, added Ottawa Senators President and CEO Tom Anselmi. “With 2017 being Canada’s 150th, the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, and the 100th of the NHL, not to mention our outdoor game in December – this will have been a year to remember for the Senators and hockey in Ottawa.”
Bill Daly, the NHL’s Deputy Commissioner said, “The NHL has been pleased to support the Lord Stanley’s gift project and we are impressed with the beautiful monument that has been unveiled today in Canada’s capital city, as an exciting tribute to the Cup and the sport of hockey.”
Lanny McDonald, Chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame and co-captain of the 1988-89 Stanley Cup Champion Calgary Flames, was thrilled to be part of the unveiling ceremony. “There is nothing like lifting the Stanley Cup above in the air when your team captures this iconic sporting trophy”, he said. “And to be here today at the exact spot where this trophy was born 125 years ago, and to witness this beautiful monument unveiled for all Canadians to see, it is a very special moment for me. I congratulate LSMMI, the design team and all of the monument’s supporters on this beautiful piece of art.”
“The City is thrilled to be the recipient and custodian of this iconic monument, which very fittingly, is located across the street from where the original announcement of the Cup was made 125 years ago,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “There is no better year than 2017 to have unveiled this monument, as Canada’s 150th anniversary has provided an opportunity to celebrate what it means to be Canadian, starting with hockey and all its traditions.”
The Government of Canada is a supporter of the project through its “Commemorate Canada” fund, which is supporting various initiatives in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of our country’s Confederation. David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, joined the supporters on behalf of the Government of Canada, saying: “This is an exciting project and the Government of Canada is proud to have supported what we believe will become a prominent new landmark in Canada’s capital. This monument will stand for years to come as a testament to a sport that unites us all.”
A short film about the monument will be shown at the unveiling ceremony. It is available upon request under embargo. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
For more information on Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument, visit www.lordstanleysgift.com.
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