Washington, D.C. has the 555-foot Washington Monument. If Canada’s National Capital Commission has its way, Ottawa will have a 65-foot monument to the Stanley Cup, the trophy that has been awarded annually to hockey champions since 1892. The planned monument has been endorsed by the federal agency’s historical advisory panel, the agency’s top official for national memorials, the National Hockey League, and Hockey Canada, the country’s main hockey administrative body.
The monument was first proposed last year by Ottawa author and hockey historian Paul Kitchen in an Ottawa Citizen op-ed article. Like any good hockey historian, Kitchen has set up a website and posted YouTube answers to several frequently asked questions about his proposed giant hockey trophy monument:
Why should a colossal monument to the Stanley Cup be built?
Why build the Stanley Cup Monument in Ottawa, Canada?
The last Canada-based team to win the Stanley Cup was the 1992-1993 Montreal Canadiens. The NHL’s official site notes that “Ironically, Lord Stanley never witnessed a championship game nor attended a presentation of his trophy, having returned to his native England in the midst of the 1893 season.”
Sylvie Tilden, the NCC’s senior manager of commemorations, public art and representation:
It’s such a fantastic way to celebrate our hockey history. Who in Canada can’t connect, in some fashion, to hockey? We have, in a very unofficial sort of way, started to think about sites.
It’s got to be a work of breathtaking scale and beauty. Everybody just seems to be so enthusiastic.
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