Hockey Hall of Fame

The highlight of my trip to Toronto was my Mecca, the Hockey Hall of Fame. It’s located at Brookfield Place, an office complex consisting of two skyscrapers and the historic Bank of Montreal building. The complex is known for its atrium designed by Santiago Calatrava. The Spirit of Hockey store, featuring official Hockey Hall of Fame memorabilia and licensed NHL products, is located off the atrium.

Brookfield Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Brookfield Place

Spirit of Hockey at Brookfield Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Spirit of Hockey

The entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame is in the lower concourse of Brookfield Place. Adult admission is CAD$18 (as of September 2016). I was given a hockey card with a piece of a game used jersey as a gift.

Entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Entrance

Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hockey Hall of Fame

I spent a good 3 hours perusing the exhibits and drooling over historic game-used memorabilia. The first section I visited featured displays of some of the best to ever play the game, including Bobby Hull, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux, Maurice Richard, and the list goes on and on.

Bobby Hull display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bobby Hull display

Bobby Orr display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bobby Orr display

Wayne Gretzky display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Wayne Gretzky display

Gordie Howe display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gordie Howe display

The players weren’t limited to NHL players. Some Russian greats, such as Vladislav Tretiak, were also included.

Vladislav Tretiak display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vladislav Tretiak display

Next, I quickly looked at a case in which the jerseys of all current NHL captains were on display.

NHL captains display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NHL captains display

From there, I went to one of my favorite sections, a replica of the Montréal Canadiens dressing room with jerseys and equipment from several Habs greats.

Montréal Canadiens dressing room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Montréal Canadiens dressing room

Montréal Canadiens dressing room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Montréal Canadiens dressing room

Montréal Canadiens dressing room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Montréal Canadiens dressing room

Montréal Canadiens dressing room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Montréal Canadiens dressing room

Before I enjoyed a short film, I looked through displays on every NHL team and watched people try their luck at some of the interactive exhibits available.

Chicago Blackhawks team display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Chicago Blackhawks team display

Detroit Red Wings team display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Detroit Red Wings team display

Interactive exhibits at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Interactive exhibits

The trophy room was my next stop. This is where the face of every member of the Hockey Hall of Fame is displayed along with all of the NHL trophies. The Hall of Fame induction book is also there.

Trophy Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Trophy Room

Hockey Hall of Fame inductees at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

Hockey Hall of Fame induction book at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hockey Hall of Fame induction book

Some of the trophies for individual awards I saw included the Hart Trophy (MVP), the Norris Trophy (best defenseman), the Art Ross Trophy (points leader), and the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP). Many more were on display.

Hart Trophy at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hart Trophy

Norris Trophy at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Norris Trophy

Art Ross Trophy at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Art Ross Trophy

Conn Smythe Trophy at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Conn Smythe Trophy

Team trophies, such as the Prince of Wales Trophy (Eastern Conference champions) and the Campbell Bowl (Western Conference champions), are also in the Trophy Room.

Prince of Wales Trophy at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Prince of Wales Trophy

Campbell Bowl at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Campbell Bowl

The crown jewel of the collection is the original Stanley Cup and the retired rings that have been removed for space over the years. There are actually three Stanley Cups: the original on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame (1892) that was awarded to the champions until 1970; the Presentation Cup that was created in 1963 after the original became too fragile; and the Replica Cup (1993) that stands in at the Hockey Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup isn’t available.

Original Stanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Original Stanley Cup

Retired Stanley Cup rings at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Retired Stanley Cup rings

I had to settle for the Replica Cup during my visit, but being next to it again as a season ticket holder for the 2013 champion Blackhawks was still a great feeling.

Me with the Stanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Me with the Stanley Cup

Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Champions display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Champions display

The final gallery I visited dealt with international hockey. There were displays with jerseys of different national teams from all over the world – many I would never have imagined to have ice let alone a hockey team. I also enjoyed a section on the IIHF World Junior Championships.

International team jerseys at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

International team jerseys

IIHF World Junior Championships at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IIHF World Junior Championships

Other displays featured Olympic hockey teams. The dominating Soviet teams of the 1970s and the USA’s 1980 Miracle on Ice stuck out to me, as well as a jersey from the 1936 Great Britain gold medal winning team. Britain and Olympic gold in hockey? Who knew!?

Soviet Olympic teams at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Soviet Olympic teams

1980 Miracle on Ice at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1980 Miracle on Ice

Great Britain 1936 gold medal winning team jersey at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great Britain 1936 gold medal winning team jersey

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