"SLAPSHOT" a.k.a. Sydney T. Kirkland, displayed at his new home in Kirkland Lake Ontario; known for producing Gold and Hockey Players
In the town Foster Hewitt famously dubbed “the town that built the NHL”, a fitting sculpture can be found. Designed and created by Northern Ontario artist Mike Camp, “SLAPSHOT” is a 10-feet tall and 14-feet wide metal sculpture welded with 18-gauge stainless steel. It was purchased by Grant Steward of ConSep Pty Ltd from Sydney, Australia as a gift for Heath & Sherwood. It commemorates the recent partnership deal made between the two companies. “SLAPSHOT” had been residing along the side of HWY 11, south of Kirkland Lake, when Grant first saw it. He immediately felt that the sculpture needed a new home as it was uniquely fabricated using the same materials that many of the two companies’ products would have had a hand in making. “SLAPSHOT”, now in its rightful home, has been nicknamed Sydney T. Kirkland (Sydney to Kirkland), demonstrating the strong link between the two companies and the countries of Canada and Australia.
Kirkland Lake has produced its fair share of hockey talent over the years. Notable players from the town include Bill Durnan, Dick Duff, Ralph Backstrom and Mickey Redmond who combined, have won 16 Stanley Cups. There must be something in the water!
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