HistoryThe idea of an institution honouring the greats of hockey was sparked by Captain James T. Sutherland, who is often referred to as the “Father of Hockey”. A player and a coach, he was passionate about the game. While plans were being made to finance the construction of an actual building, the Hall of Fame inducted its first members in 1945. It would be more than 15 years later however that the Hockey Hall of Fame would finally find a home. On August 26, 1961, Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker presided over the Hall’s opening at the Canadian National Exhibition where it would reside for over 20 years. After outgrowing the CNE location, the Hockey Hall of Fame moved in 1993 to its current home in a restored nineteenth century heritage building in downtown Toronto.
Honoured MembersEach year new members are inducted with great ceremony into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and you will find the portraits and biographical sketches of these Honoured Members in the Esso Great Hall. Included in this esteemed list are players, on-ice officials and builders. Read the biographies of legends such Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, Bobby Orr, who won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenceman eight years in a row, and Jean Beliveau, who won the Stanley Cup ten times.
ExhibitsThe Hockey Hall of Fame has many exhibits showcasing the rich history of this international sport. From the artifacts in the NHL Zone to the archival film footage in the two state of the art theatres, this museum boasts the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world. In the center of the Great Hall you will find some of the most prestigious trophies in professional sports. NHL trophies such as the Hart, Conn Smythe and Vezina are on display, and of course the trophy symbolic of the ultimate victory in professional hockey- the Stanley Cup, which you can take your picture with.
Interactive ZoneChallenge yourself within the impressive NHLPA Game Time and test your skills against today’s hockey greats! Two state-of-the-art interactive games reside in this revitalized model rink attraction. Try to score against a computer-simulated versions of the likes of Carey Price or Frederik Andersen, or suit up and play goal against video images of hockey superstars such as Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and Alexander Ovechkin, And if you’d like to test your know-how on the air rather than on the ice, you can get behind a microphone and call the game yourself in one of TSN/RDS Broadcast Pods overlooking the rink. Click to book your Hockey Hall of Fame admission ticket.
Visiting Hockey Hall of FameThe Hockey Hall of Fame is located in downtown Toronto at the corner of Yonge and Front Streets in Brookfield Place (formerly BCE Place) on the lower concourse level. It is open every day of the year except for Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Induction Day which takes place in November.
Location: 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5E 1X8
Click here to visit Hockey Hall of Fame official website.Published On: 2018-09-18
Updated On: 2019-04-11
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