...of course Toronto would not be Toronto without a hall of fame for its more popular sport.
I guess it is impossible to explain the love people have for the game and its team (the Maple Leafs), the same way you cannot explain why we Europeans go crazy over football and our favorite teams.
In Toronto, I suggest you try and find tickets to a Leafs game. They are nearly always sold out, even when the team is not doing to well. Therefore, it is only suiting you have this hall of fame here.
The text in front of the building reads:
"The Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1943 to establish a memorial to those who have developed Canada's great winter sport - ice hockey. Its mandate is to recognize and honour the achievements of individuals and teams who have brought special distinction to the game of hockey and those who have made a major contribution to the development and advancement of hockey anywhere in the world. Built in 1885, the historic bank building at BCE place, Toronto began a new era as "a cathedral for the icons of hockey" officially opened to the public on June 18, 1993."
Closed Dec 25 & Jan 1
Tickets are 12 CAD for adults and 7 CAD for Children and Seniors
In 1993, the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME (HHOF) opened the doors of its current home on Yonge Street, in the magnificently restored Bank of Montreal building. The HHOF quickly established a reputation as a world-class sports and entertainment facility and one of Toronto's prime tourist attractions.
The highlight of any visit to HHOF is the MCI Great Hall. The core sanctuary holds portraits and biographical sketches of each honoured member of the Hockey Hall of fame, including such greats as Mike Bossy, Bobby Clarke, Paul Coffey, Alex Delvecchio, Ken Dryden, Phil and Tony Esposito, Grant Fuhr, Wayne Gretzky, Tim Horton, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Ted Lindsay, Frank Mahovlich, Stan Mikita, Bobby Orr, Pocket Rocket Richard, Larry Robinson, Terry Sawchuk and so many more.
General Admission: $13.00
Youth 4 - 13: $9.00
Seniors ( 65 + ) $9.00
Children 3 and under free
Vsiting the Hockey Hall of Fame is a treat as it features hands-on evolution of Canada's game. You will be amazed with the display of trophies and memorabilia and you can have your photo taken as a souvenir beside the Stanley Cup. The Hall is open everyday and the general admission is C$13.00. It will definitely be a hockey experience for the whole family. Come and enjoy the fun and games and collect hockey souvenirs from Toronto.
For a complete and detailed information of the Hockey Hall of Fame, please log on to the website I provided below.
Hope you will enjoy your Toronto visit.
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.
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!
This is the Hockey Mecca of the World, a place which every serious hockey fan should visit. On display here is virtually everything that you wanted to know about hockey including a stats and biographies on the inductees, old uniforms and memorabilia. There are also plenty of interactive exhibits that will entertain the kids. In my opinion the exhibits are very well displayed which makes this a superb museum of its kind.
The Hockey Hall of Fame Museum is great for hockey fans. You can see many things from old hockey days......old jerseys.......old sticks, trophys. I walked through for about one hour which was ok for me. But families may want to stay longer because its an interactive museum.There are places where kids could shoot pucks,etc. Its a great family place to go as well as a great place for people like me who are basic hockey fans just wanting to see some interesting hockey things! I wanted to see all I could about my all time favorite goaltender, Avalanche goalie, Patrick Roy...... and others of course!
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