— but spectators would be charged 50 cents to watch that action.
All of this happened in a year that also saw the Crashed Ice downhill skating spectacle come to the capital, where Canadian favourite Jacqueline Leger raced to victory and clinched the 2017 women’s world championship.
And 2017 will soon see one of Ottawa’s proudest contributions to sports history — the birth of the Stanley Cup — honoured with a downtown monument marking the 125th anniversary of the world’s most storied trophy.
Why not just rename all of our teams the Champions?
Toss in the Ottawa Senators’ long, hugely entertaining NHL playoff run this spring — a campaign that supplied overtime heroics galore for frenzied fans of the Sens Army, became a six-week showcase for the unearthly talents and grit of superstar defenceman Erik Karlsson and goaltender Craig Anderson, and ended just one goal short of upsetting the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in a drama-drenched, seven-game Eastern Conference final (take another breath here) — and the past 12-month period really does look pretty special.
The proof is a silver medallion in the collection of the Bytown Museum, known to have been presented to the winners of a game of “shintie” by a founding figure of the city, Thomas Mc Kay, with the engraving “Bytown and New Edinburgh Shintie Club, Dec.