Hockey sou­venirs needed

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Within the next few weeks, Stanstead Col­lege will be in­stalling two very large dis­play cases in the en­trance­way of the Pat Burns Arena. One will fea­ture mem­o­ra­bilia from Pat Burn’s his­toric ca­reer in hockey, cre­ated with items that Mrs. Line Burns is loan­ing to the Col­lege. The sec­ond case will fea­ture items that ‘tell the story’ of hockey in the ‘Three Vil­lages’ over the decades. “We will in­stall the cases on ei­ther side of the Donor Wall. They will be very large – about eight feet wide,” ex­plained Helene Hamel, of Stanstead Col­lege.

To cre­ate this spe­cial dis­play case, the Col­lege is look­ing for do­na­tions or loans of ar­ti­cles, from res­i­dents in the area, re­lated to the days of hockey.

Ms. Hamel had some sug­ges­tions about the kinds of items they are look­ing for: “I know there are many team pho­tos in peo­ple’s col­lec­tions. These are great but we would need to have the date, name of team and play­ers, if pos­si­ble, to be able to dis­play the pic­tures. We do not want the case to be only team pho­tos; if peo­ple have other items like Howie Meeker mem­o­ra­bilia, spe­cial pucks or sticks, tro­phies etc… We don’t have room for more than one or two hockey jer­seys.”

Some of the items for this spe­cial dis­play case can also be about other ac­tiv­i­ties that took place at one of the area’s many are­nas or rinks (Chan­nel, old barn, etc.).

Be­cause the ex­hibit of lo­cal mem­o­ra­bilia in the dis­play case will be semiper­ma­nent, the items will not be changed very of­ten, so peo­ple must be will­ing to loan their items for be­tween one and three years. Any­thing that is sub­mit­ted that is not used in the dis­play case would be re­turned to its owner quickly.

So start look­ing through those old boxes and fam­ily chests for your lit­tle ‘pieces of his­tory’ – time is run­ning out! “We would like the cases to be com­plete by the time the Ra­dio

Canada film crew comes to town to film “La Pe­tite Se­duc­tion” on Septem­ber 21st. We’re hop­ing they’ll want to swing by the arena to film a few scenes,” added Ms. Hamel.

Peo­ple who have some­thing to do­nate should email Helene Hamel at hhamel@stanstead­col­lege.com or call her at the Col­lege at 819-8767891 ext 227 on or be­fore Septem­ber 12th.

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