Dit Clapper is going to get the recognition he deserves this August, in his home town of Hastings, Ontario.
First, at 4:00 pm, August 11th, 2012 he will have a street named after him. The current Water Street, which runs along the south shore of the Trent River and also past the site of the Clapper home will be renamed Dit Clapper Drive.
The naming ceremony will be highlighted by the unveiling of the street sign and there will be a short presentation just outside of the Hastings Village Marina.
Later in the evening, at 5:30 pm, the doors to the Civic Center will be opened and there will be a celebratory dinner starting at 6:30. Speakers will include Greg Theberge, Dit’s grandson and Stewart Richardson, author of the soon to be released “Dit Clapper and the Rise of the Boston Bruins.” There will be some early film footage shown, and lots of photographs of Dit both on and off the ice. The Hastings Historical Society is organizing the dinner and is still in discussion with additional speakers. There may be some surprises to come. It looks like a dozen members of Dits family will be in attendance to enjoy the honour.
A raffle will be held and among the top prizes is a donated, collectors edition of “Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins.” This book is one of a limited edition of only 500 copies, was available last year for pre-order for $479.99 and includes:
- Autographs from contributing writer and players: Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Peter Chiarelli, Andrew Ference, Cam Neely, Mark Recchi, Tim Thomas and Shawn Thornton.
- Piece of game-used net from all home games of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
- Replica engraving of the Stanley Cup
- A piece of the Championship flag flown over the Berkeley Building during the Bruins Rolling Rally Championship Parade
- Commemorative Opening Night ticket
- Limited edition presentation box and leather book cover
Additional items in the raffle will be a replica Dit Clapper jersey, copies of Stewart’s book on Dit Clapper and other items yet to be announced.
There are only going to be 100 seats available for the dinner. Invitations have gone out to various sports personalities including local Boston Bruin alumni. A guaranteed good time is assured and this may well be one of the most memorable dinners to be held in Hastings, or Trent Hills in years.
For ongoing information, check back here, the Hastings Historical Society Dit Clapper Celebration page or the Dit Clapper Facebook page.