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The Kirkland Lake hockey monument is officially getting a new home

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The Kirkland Lake Hockey Monument, commemorating the men who played and made a name for themselves in the National Hockey League, was unveiled Wednesday (June 26) in its new home across from the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex.

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The monument was first dedicated to the community on December 7, 1971 and was created specifically for the residents of Kirkland Lake by the Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation.

Among those attending the ceremony was Kirkland Lake Mayor Stacy Wight, who stated, “This monument is the embodiment of what Kirkland Lake once was. It is a perfect combination of our hockey and mining history.”

She continued: “It wasn’t just the businesses that made this area great, it was the people. They walked our streets and most importantly, here in Kirkland Lake they laced up their skates.

“Now grown into legends, let us not forget these men who helped Kirkland Lake make the NHL famous, to paraphrase Foster Hewitt.”

The cost of moving and installing the monument on the complex was approximately $7,000 and came entirely from private donations. No taxpayer money was spent on the project.

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One of the main driving forces behind the project was local author Bill Glover.

“I want to thank (the donors) as a group,” Glover said. “I went to all the companies and there wasn’t one person who refused (to donate). “

For her part, Kirkland Lake Community Services Director Kim Klockars said, “We are deeply honored to house this important piece of local hockey history in our front yard.

“The relocation of this seven-ton monument from its previously inaccessible location (in front of the old ONTC building on Government Road), blocked by construction fencing since 2018, across from the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex was a complex undertaking made possible with the help of volunteers, donors and employees.”

With the addition of Kurtis McLean, who played for the New York Islanders during the 2008/2009 season, there are currently 42 names on the monument.

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