Ottawa is the place to be for all things related to the legendary Stanley Cup in 2017! From a special gala event to a concert, to a brand new monument, it seems that the city just can’t get enough of this timeless award. Did you know that 2017 is the 125th anniversary of the first year the trophy was donated by Lord Stanley of Preston to be awarded to Canada’s best hockey team? The Stanley Cup was first awarded in 1893.
The Stanley Cup Tribute will begin on March 15, 2017 with a gala event attended by guest speakers and National Hockey League (NHL) alumni. This event will take place at the Canadian Museum of History.
On March 16, 2017, Governor General David Johnston will officially welcome the legendary trophy back to Rideau Hall.
March 17, Pre-Show Hockey Zone: Everyone can also take part in the Stanley Cup Pre-Show Party at the Canadian Tire Centre, where you’ll have the opportunity to take your photo with the holy grail of hockey – THE STANLEY CUP (from 4 pm to 5 pm). Then, enjoy hockey themed activities, giveaways and more!
March 17, Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert: Metric, The Sheepdogs and bilingual artists Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet will be rocking the capital during this amazing concert at the Canadian Tire Centre! The show will include tales of Stanley Cup glory by living hockey legends such as Dave Keon, Mike Bossy, Guy Lafleur, Frank Mahovlich, Bernie Parent and Bryan Trottier, six of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most inspirational moments. Liam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality will host the event along with renowned hockey sports anchor Chantal Machabée. The cup itself will be the guest of honour at this memorable experience for all ages.
On March 18, 2017, there will be a ground-breaking ceremony for a new Stanley Cup monument that will be installed at the corner of Sparks Street and Elgin Street. The monument will include a chalice and a hockey puck-shaped bench set up on an ice rink. The monument’s unveiling is scheduled for December 2017.