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Here’s how you could own Duncan’s soon-to-be former ‘World’s Largest Hockey Stick’

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Want to own the soon-to-be former World’s Largest Hockey Stick?

With the World’s Largest Hockey Stick currently affixed to the Cowichan Community Centre (CCC) coming to the end of its life, Cowichan Valley is putting this wonder of Vancouver Island on the market.

The stick was first constructed from Douglas Fir for Expo 1986 in Vancouver before it was brought to the island and affixed to the CCC in 1988. 

For 35 years, it has adorned the rink and been recognized as a landmark to many travelling the island. 

Through the summer, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) took in the opinions of residents to figure out what to do with the aging World’s Largest Hockey Stick. 

This was in part due to the fact that it is nearing the end of its serviceable life, but also partially due to the fact that an American city wants to steal the title and is currently building a bigger stick of their own. 

Lockport, Illinois intends to build a 250-foot stick affixed to a new arena which is currently under development. 

What the results of that public engagement campaign gleaned is that it was not overly important to residents to hold onto the World’s Largest Hockey Stick title, the stick did not provide any importance to the region and most did not support spending money on a costly replacement to hold onto the title. 

So soon, the CVRD will be posting the World’s Largest Hockey Stick onto their procurement portal for people to bid on. 

“We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to have the WLHS as part of the Cowichan Community Centre for so many years,” said Tom Duncan, Acting Chair of the Cowichan Core Recreation Commission. 

“It’s been a community icon and many will be sad to see it go. However, we are really excited to see what proposals come forward on possible future uses for the WLHS.”

The CVRD won’t be giving the stick away to just anybody. A proposal is required for those who want to place their bid on the former world record holding hockey stick. 

How much would you be willing to spend on this iconic piece of Vancouver Island history? Let us know in the comments below!

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Curtis Blandy
curtis@victoriabuzz.com

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