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. It is not open to the public.
On March 16, 2017, Governor General David Johnston will officially welcome the legendary trophy back to Rideau Hall.
On March 17, 2017, you’ll get to see the Stanley Cup for yourself! Head to Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion to meet some NHL alumni and have your picture taken with the Stanley Cup. And in the evening, a Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert will take place at Canadian Tire Centre.
The Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert will feature musical performances by Metric, The Sheepdogs and bilingual artists Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet, who will showcase their talent in both French and English. Liam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality will host the event. The show will include tales of Stanley Cup glory by living hockey legends, in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most historic moments. The Stanley Cup itself will be the guest of honour at this memorable multimedia 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.