Hockey and the War of 1812?????
- From the most recent issue of "Built Heritage" e-news:
12. Globe and Mail: Hockey and War of 1812????
Birthplace of hockey threatened by Heritage focus on War of 1812
Proudly on display in a tiny museum in a small town in the Annapolis Valley is what is believed to be the last autograph signed by hockey great Howie Morenz.
The Montreal Canadiens' forward died an untimely death at age 34 in 1937, following a hockey injury he sustained during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Now, the Hockey Heritage Centre in Windsor, N.S., the valley town that bills itself as the "birthplace of hockey," could face its own untimely demise after nearly 16 years in operation.
It's pretty much broke, its volunteers are burned out and only an 11th hour intervention saved it from closing its doors for good this year.
"It was typical of anything. We tried to keep it together on a shoestring ...," says Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley. "It was a case that it was just `let's keep the doors open' for many years. It's difficult to do these days."
Windsor's hockey museum, which attracts between 2,000 and 3,000 tourists a year and runs on an annual budget of $40,000, is just one of hundreds of treasured local sites across Canada, perhaps neglected and fallen into disrepair, that are worthy of saving.