The pond where many believe hockey was created is up for sale

21 novembre 2019
Unless you live on the east coast of Canada, it's quite possible you've never heard of Long Pond, located in Windsor, Nova Scotia. This is the place where many believe the crude beginnings of hockey started. In fact, the town of Windsor claims to be "The Birthplace of Hockey." Now, the place where many believe it all began is up for the sale, and can be yours for $1.38 million.

The deal includes roughly six surrounding hectares of land, plus you'd get the bragging rights that come with being the "cradle of hockey." The land and the pond have been in the Dill family since the 1800s. The town's claim to hockey's beginnings stem from historians who described a game similar to hockey, called hurley, being played on Long Pond as far back as the early 1800s. The property, which is about a 50 minute drive from the city of Halifax, has attracted hockey enthusiasts for decades, and hosts the annual Long Pond Heritage Classic. The pond hockey tournament raises money for a nearby hockey heritage museum.

The reason the Dill family is selling is fairly simple. They are a farming family who grow giant, record breaking pumpkins and host a very popular annual regatta where people hollow out pumpkins and use them as boats in a race.

"It's like a tug of war, and it's like, you know, the pumpkins and the farm come first," Danny Dill, the current owner, told CBC's Mainstreet.

Danny's father Howard was a "hockey nut" as well as a farmer and he collected tons of memorabilia for the hockey museum over the years. The collection includes hand-written hockey statistics, signed photographs from superstars like Bobby Orr and pucks found on the property that are more than a 100 years old. The museum, which is also located on property owned by the family, is not included in the sale of the pond and surrounding land.

Deciding on a price for the pond wasn't an easy one, according to Dill. But he believes the marketing and merchandising opportunities could be huge. The name Long Pond was trademarked back in 2005, and the rights to it are included in the sale price.

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