Visit The Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame
August 8th, 2013
If you're planning a visit to Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must see. It is dedicated to the history of the sport and has a hall of fame and a museum. This provides for a fascinating day out with exhibits for memorabilia, teams, players and National Hockey League trophies and records. The Hockey Hall of Fame has been established for almost seventy years and has had Toronto as its home since 1958. The current location which is a former bank building has housed the Hall of Fame since 1993.
Each year a committee of coaches, players and other interested parties meet to decide new honourees to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Recently a new subcategory was added to the Hall for female players. The honourees are inducted in a ceremony held at the Hall of Fame each November. This ceremony is followed with a special game between a visiting team and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Inside the Building
The Hall of Fame has over 50,000 square feet of exhibition space, where over two hundred players, fifteen officials and almost one hundred coaches, commentators, general managers or team owners can be seen. Visitors can meander through the exhibition areas to see memorabilia, trophies and pieces of equipment which were worn during special games by players. The Great Hall contains biographical displays and portraits for every Hall of Fame member. At the centre of the Great Hall, you can also see the Stanley Cup. This is replaced with a replica for part of the year when the presentation cup is needed for the sport. You can also see the original cup and all the current trophies displayed.
There is also a NHL Zone which has all the displays which relate to the NHL. You will find details of current players and teams plus information and memorabilia for every past or present NHL team. There is a replica of a dressing room as it would have existed for the Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. You will also see displays which highlights noteworthy statistics and records.
Interactive Exhibits and Displays
There are also interactive exhibits and displays including allowing visitors to take a shot with a real puck at a simulated goaltender. You can also play goaltender and block simulated shots from players such as Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky. You can also learn about how broadcasting of hockey works in the Broadcast Zone and record your own message which could be displayed on the Hall of Fame's website.
The Hall of Fame is not just dedicated to the NHL. You will also find a large exhibit area which is devoted to players and hockey leagues outside of North America. The World of Hockey area was established in 1998 and features details of Olympic and World competitions and profiles of IIHF member countries.
Location and Operation
The Museum is easy to find in downtown Toronto. It is a short walking distance from other attractions such as the CN Tower and the Eaton Centre. The Hall of Fame is open for 362 days a year, only closing for Induction Day in November, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. There is an on-site retail store the "Spirit of Hockey" which is also open seven days a week.
Visit plan and Tickets
You can plan your visit in advance, with tickets available online and special offer, senior and youth rates available. Hours of operation can vary according to the time of year but generally the Hall of Fame is open from 9.30am through to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am through to 6pm on Sundays. This will allow you a full day to explore this fascinating attraction and learn everything you would love to know about the sport of hockey.
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