OTTAWA – Lord Stanley and the battered mug that represents hockey supremacy will get the rare honour of a new monument in the shadow of the Peace Tower.
A statue depicting Lord Stanley of Preston’s donation of a "challenge cup" that is now hoisted by the N-H-L champions each spring will be going up at the east end of Ottawa’s Spark Street Mall.
Lord Stanley was Canada’s sixth governor general when he donated the cup in March 1892 as an award for the Dominion’s champion hockey team.
It resembled more of a bowl then that was wider than it was tall.
The original cup was presented to winning teams until 1970, when it was replaced with a replica, dubbed the Presentation Cup.
The original resides in The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
The monument is slated to be unveiled in Ottawa in 2017 and will depict Lord Stanley and the original cup.
A design competition is scheduled to open in 2014.