What’s one of the most “Canadian” things you can do on “Canada Day”? Visit the hallowed confines of the Hockey Hall of Fame of course!
If you’re unaware of the love of the game of ice hockey by pretty much every Canadian with a pulse, then you’ve had your head buried in the sand. You need only look at the reactions to both the women’s and the men’s ice hockey finals at this year’s 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics to understand the passion for the sport that is felt here. I guess you could liken it to the Brazilian’s and their soccer…
Anyway, the Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in the architecturally impressive Brookfield Place on Yonge Street in down town Toronto, is an impressive museum of the game described on the official website in the following way:
Home of the Stanley Cup and the best of hockey, you can DO IT ALL… AT THE HALL. Guests can take shots at real-time goalies; stop the shots of Gretzky and Messier; call the play-by-play of some of hockey’s greatest goals; view hockey flicks in one of our two theatres; get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup; explore the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world – all of this plus so much more!
The major draw card, of course, is the opportunity to have your photo taken with the holy grail of hockey – the Stanley Cup which is located in a stunning old bank vault along with all the other major trophies from the NHL, but we also had the opportunity to do and see some other cool stuff like:
- The full historical Winter Olympic Medals Collection
- The opportunity to touch Crosby’s 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics gold medal winning puck
- Chris did a stella job at calling some play-by-plays of some hockey’s greatest goals and…
- Chase Peyton round and round in circles!
Good fun all around and it was really cool to be able to check it all out with the lads.
Here’s the pics. Enjoy.