Stanley Cup Visit Added to Capreol 100 Birthday Party
Stanley Cup Capreol 100

The Stanley Cup was first presented to the Montreal Hockey Club in 1893 by Lord Stanley of Preston who was Canada’s Governor-General at the time. The Cup will be in Capreol on April 1, 2018.

Never the loudest voice around the table, but one that always captured the attention of his peers, was that of Don Brankley. Over a year ago, during a Capreol 100 planning session, Don suggested that having the Stanley Cup in Capreol would be a meaningful activity that would pay tribute to the town’s rich hockey heritage

Brankley, who for over thirty-eight years, served as the official trainer for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, agreed to lead the charge and see if he could lean on any of his former contacts to help make the project a reality.

Stanley Cup 1918 Capreol 100

In 1918, when Capreol became a town, the Stanley Cup was won by Toronto who won the playoffs against the Vancouver Millionaires and this is what the Cup looked like 100 years ago.

The untimely passing of Brankley in June 2017 was a major blow to the community and to the group but the committee persevered wanting to complete the project for him. After considerable planning, and working with the incredible staff at the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Capreol 100 Committee is pleased to announce that the Stanley Cup will be visiting the town of Capreol on April 1st, 2018, one hundred years to the day since the community was officially incorporated as a town.

“We want to thank the team at the Hockey Hall of Fame very much for accommodating us with a visit to our town,” said committee member Frank Mazzuca. “We are looking forward to having our citizens and children spend time with Lord Stanley on behalf of Don.”

“This is really special,” echoed Sharon Brazeau, sister to Brankley. “Don would be so thrilled that this is happening. It’s really great seeing this all come together.”

Doug Mohns Capreol 100

Doug Mohns was born in Capreol in 1933. He was drafted into the NHL by the Boston Bruins in 1950. He played 22 seasons of hockey before retiring in 1975.

Despite being a small community, Capreol has produced its share of professional hockey players including Doug “Diesel” Mohns, Fred Boimistruck, Floyd Thompson, Jim Mayer, Joffre Desilets, Jim Farelli and the Horeck brothers, Peter, John and Danny. Capreol is also home to former World Hockey Association referee Ray Thomas.

“Since I can remember, sports, and in particular hockey, was a big part of life in Capreol,” explained committee member Tony Skopyk. “2018 is a year to recall its history and hockey is such a huge part of that.”

The Stanley Cup display highlights a number of activities planned for the day which are all being offered free of charge to the public thanks to sponsorship from the City of Greater Sudbury and the Capreol Old Timers Hockey Tournament.

The Stanley Cup and a community skate will be taking place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.. The Capreol Red Hats will be providing a number of children’s games, crafts, balloon animals, face painting as well as popcorn and birthday cake between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the upper hall. The committee asks that children are accompanied by an adult.

“Hats off to Franky and the committee for pulling this one out,” said committee chair Cody Cacciotti. “This one is really special because of the connection to Branks. Adding this feature to the plans underway by the Red Hats will ensure that Capreol’s actual birthday is one for the history books.”

For more information about Capreol 100’s anniversary celebrations please visit their website and Facebook page.

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