OTTAWA – Senators owner and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk (@melnykeugene) and the Ottawa Senators (@Senators) along with the City of Ottawa Archives and the Canadian Museum of History announced today their formal intentions to gather historical items of meaningful significance to celebrate Ottawa’s hockey history.
“Never before in the nation’s capital have we undertaken to bring together a special collection of historically significant items that meaningfully capture Ottawa’s many contributions to the game’s history,” said Senators owner and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk. “We are calling upon our fans who have collected treasured artifacts of Ottawa’s hockey history – whether it be part of the Ottawa Senators, amateur, international or women’s hockey – to donate or loan these items so we can incorporate them into our 25th anniversary celebrations as well as a longer term permanent display.”
As part of the team’s 25th anniversary, the Senators will be engaging with hockey fans in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to find these historical items, which would be loaned or donated for use during the celebrations and beyond. Donated items will have ownership transferred to the Senators and the City of Ottawa and will be stored in climate controlled areas for proper upkeep. A tax receipt will be provided to those upon completion of their donation. Loaned items will be returned following the completion of the exhibition.
“The City of Ottawa Archives is pleased to partner with the Ottawa Senators to help preserve the enduring legacy of hockey and sport in Ottawa,” said Paul Henry, City of Ottawa archivist. “From the early days of the city, residents young and old have played, supported teams at the local, provincial and national levels and kept mementos of their love of the game. By preserving and exhibiting these treasured artifacts, the archives seeks to tell our community stories to present and future generations.”
This call to action for fans to donate and loan items is aimed at meaningful historical items, such as game worn uniforms, artifacts, letters, player contracts, programs and memorabilia worth preserving and making available for study and display. Items brought forward for consideration should have significant historical value, versus something that might have personal value, such as a signed piece of sports memorabilia.
The collected artifacts may be stored for historical preservation, displayed in the 2017 milestones exhibit, at Senators events and museum exhibits.
“The Canadian Museum of History is proud to be working with the Ottawa Senators and other partners to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League. The museum will produce a major exhibition, opening at the Museum of History in March 2017. Hockey in Canada – More than Just a Game, will explore Canadians’ passionate relationship with the sport that has become such an important part of our culture,” said Jean-Marc Blais, director general of the Canadian Museum of History. “The exhibition will include marquee objects from famous players, games and moments, plus local and minor hockey material. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for hockey fans of all ages.”
The Senators organization continues to work to recognize and promote community values related to our national winter sport and this effort will be one of the many community based-projects aimed to inspire the community during the team’s 25th anniversary.
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