The Hockey Hall of Fame was quite the visit on my recent vacation
It has been a little over a week since my trip to Toronto and Montreal. In Toronto, I had the great pleasure of visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame. It was an amazing experience. I spent three-and-half-hours touring the grounds. I visited the featured exhibit, the international wing, the interactive wing and the Stanley Cup Room.
The Hall of Fame’s featured exhibit was 100 years of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I learned the history of how the Conn Symthe Trophy for Stanley Cup Final MVP came to be named after the first owner of the Maple Leafs. The gatekeepers to the Hall of Fame said most people spent two hours in the Hall of Fame.
I started with the Leafs exhibit.
In edition to the Leafs exhibit, they had memorabilia from each division in hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks were featured promptly, They had Duncan Keith‘s skate, Corey Crawford‘s gloves/pads and Patrick Kane‘s stick.
The Hall showed not all great hockey occurs in the NHL
Other sections of the hall featured the international hockey. They had pictures, jerseys and other memorabilia from the World Championships, Canada Cup, World Cup of Hockey, the Olympics and KHL.
Their biggest segment featured the golden goal scored by Sidney Crosby in Vancouver against Team USA during the 2010 Winter Olympics. I spent a significant amount of time in this section and loved seeing the “Miracle on Ice” material from the 1980 Olympics.
But it also showed we can always come back to the Blackhawks
The next room was the interactive room where the Blackhawks’ championship video was playing in the Tim Horton’s theater. I had to watch the end of the video; that video gets me every time. There were several other Blackhawks fans in the room also shedding tears.
The interactive wing featured a shoot-the-puck contest, trivia and a video recording of your broadcast on SportsCentre. I recorded a video of myself on the SportsCentre stage. They also had the NHL teams’ and each one’s AHL affiliates’ jerseys featured in a glass case. The interactive room recognized all major junior hockey leagues with their jerseys and trophies in glass cases as well.
The highlight of the Hall of Fame is the room featuring the Stanley Cup. The Stanley Cup Room had the original Stanley Cup and all the other trophies. It was so cool to see the Hart Trophy with Kane’s name on it, the Conn Symthe with the names of Kane, Jonathan Toews and Keith on it, and Artemi Panarin on the Calder Trophy along with Kane.
I also had the chance to take a picture of the three Blackhawks championship teams on the Stanley Cup.
I will leave you with this: The Hockey Hall of Fame is a must-go for all hockey fans. The feeling you get in that space is worth the trip to Toronto.