Description of the attraction
Despite numerous controversies, Canada is traditionally considered the birthplace of modern ice hockey. Today ice hockey is the national game of Canada, and its popularity knows no boundaries. You can get acquainted with the history of hockey by visiting the world famous Hockey Hall of Fame, which is located in the city of Toronto at 30 Young Street.
The Hockey Hall of Fame was initiated by the former president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, James Thomas Sutherland. A native of Kingston, Sutherland considered his hometown to be the true birthplace of hockey and insisted that Kingston should be the home of the future Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1943, an agreement was reached between the NHL and the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to establish a Hall of Fame in Kingston, and in September 1943, a non-profit charitable organization called the International Hockey Hall of Fame was officially registered.
Fundraising for the construction of their own building stretched out for many years and by 1958 the International Hockey Hall of Fame had not acquired its own premises in Kingston. As a result, NHL President Clarence Campbell and the Canadian National Exhibition management decided to open a New Hall of Fame in Toronto. The temporary exhibition, which was presented in August 1958, is located in the Sports Hall of Fame of Canada on the grounds of the Exhibition Center. The exhibition was a huge success, and the NHL agreed to pay in full for the construction of a new building on the territory of the same Exhibition Center. Finally, on 26 August 1961, the first permanent exhibition of the Hockey Hall of Fame was inaugurated.
Over time, the question of acquiring a new building arose sharply, since the exhibition area of the old Hall of Fame was no longer able to accommodate the collection, which had substantially increased over several decades. So on June 18, 1993, in the building of the former Bank of Montreal on Young Street (today it is part of the Brookfield Place office center), the New Hockey Hall of Fame was opened.
The Hockey Hall of Fame is both a hall of fame and a museum, the exposition of which perfectly illustrates the history of the development of both Canadian and European hockey. Here you will see hockey equipment and equipment, portraits and biographies of each honorary member of the Hall of Fame, memorials, trophies and much more. The most famous and valuable exhibit is undoubtedly the legendary Stanley Cup, which every true hockey fan dreams of seeing.