Few things conjure up images of Canada like a hockey game. If you happen to love the game and everything connected with it, then a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must. Located in Toronto at the corner of Yonge and Front streets in the downtown area, the Hall of Fame includes a museum that is open to the public.
Creating a Hall of Fame
The first efforts to organize a hall of fame in Canada took place in 1945 with the induction of the first nine members. While fund raising efforts began immediately, they had not raised sufficient capital for a permanent home by 1958. At that time, the National Hockey League made arrangements with the Canadian National Exhibition to include the Hall in the Sports Hall of Fame. The resulting popularity of that exhibit led to creating a permanent home for the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1961, complete with space set aside for the Hockey Hall of Fame.
By 1986, the need for more room was apparent. The Hall moved to the former site of the Bank of Montreal in downtown Toronto. The interior was remodeled to include administration space for the Hall of Fame and plenty of room for a museum that would operate under the auspices of the Hall.
What is Found in the Hall?
All sorts of interesting items that have to do with the history of hockey in Canada can be found in the different exhibits. Fifteen permanent exhibits form the basis for the museum, which also provides space to several short-term exhibits each year.
One section is devoted to the history of the National Hockey League, and includes information about key games, players, and different artifacts. The Great Hall is the place to go if you want to learn more about the key figures who have been inducted by the Hall since 1945.
For guests who would like to try their luck, there is also an area set up to play interactive games via a software setup. Visitors get to use real pucks in an attempt to make a goal by eluding a simulation of Ed Belfouor, one of the nation’s most famous goaltenders. A different exhibit allows guests to try their hands at goaltending by blocking the efforts of simulations of famous players like Wayne Gretsky.