Dit Clapper grew up and lived in the town of Hastings before, during and after his incredible career as a Boston Bruins all-star and NHL Hockey Hall of Fame member. The first player to be inducted into the Hall while still active in the league, Dit played for Boston for 20 years and then coached for two more. Dit won three Stanley Cups with the Bruins, the only NHL team he ever played for.
The Hastings Historical Society recently began the process of having this local hero celebrated by formally putting in a request to have Water Street renamed Dit Clapper Drive. The request quickly passed all administrative hurdles and was enthusiastically endorsed by Trent Hills Municipal Council.
The renaming ceremony will be followed by a dinner honouring Dit. Members of his family, local sports fans and retired NHL players who live in the area have already expressed an interest in attending. Stewart Richardson, local resident and author is currently working on a definitive biography of the local hero, “Dit Clapper and the Rise of the Boston Bruins” and will be just one of the presenters at the dinner. The Hastings Historical Society is in conversation with several other potential speakers and there will be stories, anecdotes, vintage photographs and the Society has tracked down some early film clips of the all-star that they hope to have available for the evening.
There will be a draw/auction featuring a retro jersey, copies of Stewart’s book, several items from the Boston Bruins organization including a collectors edition of last years book “Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins” (retail $479.99) and other items donated form local organizations and businesses. All proceeds form the draw/auction will go towards a commemorative monument honouring Clapper to be placed on municipal property on Dit Clapper Drive.
The dinner will be held at the Civic Center, 6 Albert Street, East. Doors open at 5:30 and the dinner will start at 6:30. Tickets will be $35.00 per person and seating will be limited to 100. Tickets will go on sale Canada Day. For information please keep checking back to this site or call Pat Funk, society president, at 705-696-3988.