Not just about the NHL, the Hockey Hall of Fame also features material about the minor leagues and the WHA. However, I'm sure for most, like myself, the draw was the NHL material, and the material on hand is vast and impressive. The Stanely Cup, both the current and the original, are kept here during the regular season...this is your best opportunity to touch the Cup! I also enjoyed the Ken Dryden displays, all the memorabilia, the film on the 72 series against the Soviets, and the gift shop!
Hockey is Canada's national pastime and sport. If anything defines Canada, it's its love of and success at Hockey in all its forms.
The ultimate monument to Hockey is the Hockey Hall of fame, and it's location in Toronto is a natural. Apart from the NHL's Maple Leafs, national teams, youth national teams, minor-league teams, local teams, and collegiate teams, there is always hockey in Canada, and Toronto is no exception.
See various hockey stuff, including sweaters throughout the years of the NHL and Olympics. Focus is on the original teams in the NHL, and Canadian Hockey Teams as well. Take time out to try your hand stopping movies of the great goal-scorers, or participating in a computer-generated all-star skills competition.
A former bank building houses the trophies, including the Stanley Cup, which is available for photos (although not for champagne drinking). Of course, my wife and I were photographed with the Cup, and will return when our Washington Capitals ride the shoulders of young Ovechkin to the championship! The original Stanley cup is appropriately housed in the vault of the bank, with
I am a die hard hockey fan. Christy's nephew is a goalie. This was something I could NOT miss...it was cool looking at old uniforms and most importantly seeing the trophies, mainly the Stanley Cup. We kind of got lost in the place, looking at all the memorabilia.
Hopefully someday soon, the Red Wings' Vladdie Konstantinov, injured in a bad limo accident 8 years ago, will make it into this sacred place of "Hockey Worship."
The best thing to do in Toronto is go to the Hockey Hall of Fame. To understand hockey is to understand Canada. The game dominates out culture like no other entity. The hall has its usual assortment of pucks, sticks, jerseys, etc. The heroes of hockey are all presented for worship; Gretzky, Lemieux, Howe, Orr, etc. The wall of goalie masks is spectacular for its artistry. Even more fun is the international section with uniforms from such great teams as the Bangkok Flying Falangs. There is an exact replica of the Montreal Canadians dressing room that you can walk through.
The holy grail of hockey, the Stanley Cup, is located here as well and you can have a picture taken with the one that is awarded. The actual cup that Lord Stanley first presented is displayed in the vault in a nearby room.
the TSN/RDS Broadcast Zone is a complete blast where you watch a replay of a great hockey moment. You then get to do your own play by play. I did the 1979 Guy Lafleur goal which was okay. I then did the 1987 Canada-Soviet Game 3 goal. Man I got right into it. Right to the point of exclaiming, "Commie bastards! You're government is going to collapse as your hockey team!" Oh well.
You can also participate in a shooting game in which you try to score on an electronic goaltender and another game where you are the goaltender. Both were lots of fun as they are surrounded by old style seats from the Montreal Forum.
Admission is $12 Cdn and kids are $8. A great feature of the admission ticket is that you have admission for the whole day. You can leave and re-enter as many times as you want.
A must see for hockey fans of all ages! It's much more than a museum, there are great interactive exhibits with which you can test your knowledge and skills. Get your picture taken with the Holy Grail, I mean the Stanley Cup. Check out the world's finest collection of hockey artifacts and memorabilia.
See the Legends Tribute, a presentation of hockey legends past and present. Try out the TSN/RDS Broadcast Zone and try imitation your favourite sportscaster or colour commentator, not always as easy as you might think.
There's one popular section called Be A Player Zone where you get the chance to try out your skills. See how well you do against a computer simulated Eddie Belfour, can you score against him? Or maybe you'd like to play opposite the Great One, Wayne Gretzky? You can play against a video image of him.
General admission is $12 for an adult, kids and seniors $8.
The main entrance is in BCE Place on the shopping concourse level.
If you're into sports, like I am, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must see while in Toronto. It has all sorts of exhibits on the history of hockey, interactive games, etc. The highlight is going into this grand hall with a high ceiling, where all the greats are enshrined. Right in the middle is the Stanley Cup itself-you can pose with it too.
One side tip: to really appreciate how Canadians love hockey, visit a sports bar when a game is on (hint: right now, the NHL is on strike-no games). I was in Toronto during the playoffs last year, watching and talking about the game with the locals. I realized how knowledgeable and passionate Canada is about hockey, and what a great game it is.
They have everything that is hockey including a history of the skates themselves. There is a "hands-on" exhibit where you can shoot/block pucks. At least one of the Stanley Cups is in open display all of the time, and you can touch it as well as have your picture taken with it.
A bonus highlight: the original Stanley Cup!
In the summer, on the weekends, they had special signings with Hall of Famers--Get there early!
Of course being the huge hockey fan that I'm, I had to go to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The place is just incredible, and also the main home of the Stanley Cup. Tickets are really cheap, so if you have any interest, I suggest checking it out.
I am just not really into ice hockey at all. So I took a picture of the Hockey Hall of Fame from the bus, but I had no inclination to go see it. OTOH it is probably a must see for most people, especially Canadians. So here's the info
General Admission $12.00
Youth (4 yrs - 13 yrs) $8.00
Seniors (65yrs+) $8.00
Children 3 and under admitted free
Admission rates include 7% GST and a
$1.50 capital replacement fund contribution
Winter / Spring / Summer / Fall
(except March & Christmas Breaks)
Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
(March 8 - March 16, 2003) Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
(December 26 - December 31, 2003) Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Please note that there is no public access through the front doors of the historic bank building at Yonge and Front Streets.
"Although the average visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame is 3 hours, your admission is for the whole day. You'll receive a hand stamp, and you can leave and re-enter as many times as you want (for example, to grab lunch or visit another attraction). Many people spend an entire day with us, or combine a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame with a sporting event or visit to the theatre)."
The Hockey Hall Fame is a tribute to all those who has played this great sport. In the hall make sure to check out the famous coveted cup in the sport. It's on the third level of the museum.
I was in awe about how much information there is about hockey and its history. From pond hockey to arena hockey, it will defenitely give you a great idea of what hockey is and what it means to Canadians.
The official NHL hockey hall of fame is located in Toronto. Here's you'll find autographed jersey's, photos of the great hockey players, team statistics, and everything else you could ever want to know about NHL hockey.
The Hockey Hall of Fame was the only bright spot on my last trip to Toronto. The weather was hot and muggy, the people were short and agressive, and the city itself is concrete on concrete, cement on cement.
The Hockey Hall of Fame, however, is an absolute treat. So, if you're unfortunate enough to get stuck in TO for a few days, take in the hall. The exhibits are fabulous, with memorabilia from every era conceivable. Even casual sports fans are wowed by some of the goaltending equipment on display; the wall of masks itself is worth the price of admission.
There are odes to hockey's greatest players, tributes to its greatest teams, and huge exhibits for the Original Six, the Great One, and the Stanley Cup.
And who doesn't want to see the Cup? There's a certain magic that goes with this, sport's most famous trophy. The lore associated with Lord Stanley's mug is so variant, it sounds like fiction. The Cup has been punted into the bottom of swimming pools by showoff Chicago Blackhawk scoring legends, danced on by seedy Edmonton strippers, and left on a street corner by drunken Montreal Canadiens who piled into a post-party cab. (It sat in a passerby's living room for almost a week before he called to say he'd found hockey's Holy Grail.) It's been groped, fondled, kissed, caressed, slept with, sweat upon, drunk out of, and pissed in (not necessarily in that order, and hopefully not all in the same night). It's legendary, and worth a gander for even non-sports fans.
I'll write more later, and hopefully I'll find my pictures -- this place is like a cathedral for the sporting soul.
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto is a must see for the whole family. The Trivia section is pretty fun where you go against other visitors to see who knows their Gordie Howe's from their Wayne Gretzky's. The interactive shooting exhibits are cool as well and great for the younger kids and the adults who still think they are young! The entrance is not on the street so don't go in from outside, rather go into the mall there and go to the bottom floor and enter through there.
The Hockey Hall of Fame. Where else can you find a shrine to Gretzky, Orr, and Howe. Just waiting for that Mario display now
It's exerior is that of an old bank and the entrance is through BCE place. Not to menton it doubled as the outside of the 96th precinct on Forever Knight!
Hockey Hall of Fame: If you've never been, you owe yourself a pilgrimage to see it at least once. Personally, I loved the Gretzky section, the Bobby Orr display, as well as the International Zone and the area showing a lot of minor league jerseys. Seeing the Stanley Cup up close and presented as it was also made the trip worthwhile.