01/30/2016 13:15 EST | Updated 01/30/2017 00:12 EST

Nova Scotia government gives $3M towards new hockey heritage centre

WINDSOR, N.S. — The Nova Scotia government has announced up to $3 million for the construction of a hockey heritage centre in Windsor, which has long claimed to be the birthplace of hockey.

Premier Stephen McNeil says the building will include an ice rink, sports fields, indoor track and a hockey history museum.

Greg Kelley of the Long Pond Hockey Arena Society says the centre will celebrate Canadian hockey and will bring the world to the small Nova Scotia town where the sport was born more than 200 years ago.

Kelley says the society also plans on asking the federal government for funding and will fundraise the rest of the $14.7 million needed to build the facility.

They're aiming to open the Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre in Sept. 2017.

Kelley says the game originated around 1800 at a local college after students adapted the field game of hurley for ice.


The Canadian Press