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Toronto's Top 10 : Hockey Hall of Fame

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This shrine to Canada’s favorite sport celebrates all things hockey, including those who have achieved greatness in the game. Housed in part in a beautiful former bank building dating to 1885, which is incorporated into BCE Place, this Hall of Fame contains the most comprehensive collection of hockey artifacts and memorabilia in the world, among them the first Stanley Cup trophy. Interactive exhibits run the gamut from a multimedia trivia game that tests your hockey knowledge to the more physical challenge of playing goalie against a puck-shooting video projection of hockey star Wayne Gretzky.

  • 30 Yonge St (enter through BCE Place concourse)

  • 416 360 7765

  • www.hhof.com

  • Open Labour Day– mid-Jun: 10am–5pm Mon–Fri, 9:30am–6pm Sat, 10:30am–5pm Sun; late Jun–Labour Day 9:30am–6pm Mon–Sat, 10am–6pm Sun. Holiday hours may vary; call ahead.

  • Adm: $13/$9; under 3s free


Canada’s Game

Although several countries claim to have invented ice hockey, Canada calls the game its own. Even so, its origins are hotly contested. Students at King’s College in Windsor, Nova Scotia, are said to have put puck to ice in the early 1800s. Others credit Micmac Indians in Nova Scotia, also in the early 1800s. Whatever the origin, British soldiers stationed at the Halifax, Nova Scotia, garrison were playing the game by the 1850s, as were military men in Kingston, Ontario.


Hockey Hall of Fame façade

Many of the eateries in BCE Place have seating in the spectacular galleria. A food court on the lower level provides quick snacks for those on the go.


If your energy flags, take a seat in either of the Hall of Fame’s two theater venues to watch a retrospective highlights video or an interactive multimedia presentation.


Not until its inclusion in the 1920 Olympics and the formation of the NHL in 1934 was hockey seen as serious sport rather than recreation



Top 10 Highlights
  1. Stanley Cup

    One of the world’s best-known sports trophies, the original Stanley Cup is on display here, as is the current one when not with the reigning team. Named for Canada’s sixth Governor General, who proposed a yearly challenge cup, it was first presented in 1893.

  2. Great Hall

    Players and the icons of hockey are celebrated in this 45-ft- (14-m-) high former banking hall. Giants of the game are given their due on the Honoured Members Wall, and all major NHL trophies are on display.

  3. Be a Player Zone

    On a faux ice rink, complete with arena boards and multimedia scoreboard, visitors can attempt to score a goal against a life-sized video projection of Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour. In another rink, it’s your turn to play goalie as video images of hockey greats Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier take real shots.

  4. Our Game

    Exuberant young players leap over the boards for a hockey game in this larger-than-life bronze sculpture by Ontario artist Edie Parker. Located just outside the museum at the corner of Yonge and Front streets, it is a popular backdrop for photographs.

  5. It’s Your Call

    For a $2 coin, you can rant or rave on any hockey topic you wish. A video clip of your moment of fame is broadcast on the Hockey Hall of Fame website for 10 days.

  6. Broadcast Zone

    Use a high-tech navigational interface – just point and it plays – to custom-design your tour of great moments in hockey broadcast history, from early radio clips to present-day television excerpts. A highlight is the broadcast of the tension-filled last seconds of the 1972 World Summit Series, in which Canada scored on Russia.

  7. Goalie Mask Exhibit

    From a leather mask worn in the 1930s to one exemplifying today’s sophisticated engineering, this display includes many strange examples of face protection that have been personalized by goalies over the years.

  8. Montreal Canadiens Locker Room

    The only thing missing from this re-created locker room from the old Montreal Forum is the players. Their jerseys and equipment are jumbled about, as if they might swoop in any moment to suit up.

  9. Bank of Montreal Building

    Few of the original features of this 1885 rococo beauty are visible inside, but the façade retains its intricate carvings representing human endeavors such as agriculture, music, and industry.

  10. Spirit of Hockey Shop

    The museum’s exit takes visitors through this shop. Hockey-themed merchandise includes a wide selection of team jerseys, sticks, and smaller items such as mugs and cups emblazoned with logos.

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