Honouring and preserving Lambton’s hockey history

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Petrolia and Central Lambton have many great hockey memories including the 1979 and 1981 Petrolia Squires, winners of the national senior men's championship. The Lambton Archive and the Lambton Heritage Museum are looking to preserve the areas hockey history.

Sit in the stands of any hockey game in Lambton County and you’re bound to hear a hockey story or two.

Now, the Lambton County Archive and the Lambton Heritage Museum want to preserve some of those memories. It’s asking people to share their stories for an upcoming exhibit.

“Hockey has a strong history here in Lambton County, between our formal and recreational leagues and the natural environment that provides ample ice surface in the winter months,” said Nicole Aszalos, Archivist/Supervisor with Lambton County Archives.

“There are fantastic stories out there of youth leagues, playing pond hockey with friends, and notable hockey players or teams with roots in Lambton County and we aim to capture these memorable moments before they are lost to time. Together we will preserve Lambton County’s hockey history including what this sport means to our community.”

Aszalos is looking for “stories related to playing or watching hockey in Lambton County, including tales of organized leagues, recreational teams, and casual pick-up games with friends.” They’ll also include stories about outstanding individuals with ties to Lambton County.

You can find the form for submission at www.lambtonmuseums.ca/hockey.

The museum is looking for skates, sticks, jerseys and trophies and medals with local ties which could be included in the exhibit.

If you only have photos, the archives can help scan them for use. Call the Archives at 519-845-5426 or book an appointment online at lambtonarchives.ca.

Some of the submitted stories and photos will be displayed as part of a larger exhibition at the Lambton Heritage Museum from July to October.

Stories, photos and artifacts should be submitted by Feb. 29 and the museum staff will be following up with the people whose objects they want to use in the exhibit.