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Hockey – A Rural Religion

16.5 x 7 mtr (54 x 23 ft) First design as submitted by artist. In the 1920’s Sussex was home to a legendary hockey team: the Sussex Amateur Athletic Club, dubbed “the Old Grey Mares”. The team won numerous championships and many of the players continued on to careers in the NHL including Joe Lamb. They were inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. Right-winger Joe Lamb, a Sussex native, competed for seven different NHL teams. During the 1929-30 season he scored a personal best 29 goals skating with Frank Finnigan and Hec Kilrea – both flanking him on the mural – for the Ottawa Senators. He was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1972. A tribute to the Club is present throughout Pierre’s mural with the S.A.A.C. logo, a team group picture medallion, signatures of the team members, a ghosted action scene on the ice and a New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame mention. Also included, is a mention of the Stanley Cup (the ultimate goal), surrounded with a scene of fans cheering for their team. The artist: Pierre Hardy received his BA in Visual Arts from Quebec University in 1988. Since 1984 he has created over 100 indoor and outdoor mural paintings in Quebec, Ontario, Dominican Republic and Lebanon, and has promoted and presented murals as a distinct form of public art to municipal governments, social groups, corporations and schools. His work also includes graphic and web design.


  • 591 Main Street
    Sussex, N.B
    E4E 7H5