Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto

We took a trip to Toronto on our March Break this week to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame.


(Warning lots of pictures but the architecture sort of makes up for it I hope.)

Located in a former historic bank building in downtown Toronto the Hockey Hall of Fame/Temple de la renommée du hockey is a must see destination for hockey fans.


The HHOF is both a museum and a hall of fame highlighting the history of ice hockey. There are so many beautiful and informative displays and exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records, memorabilia and NHL trophies. There is also lots of information and displays on Women's hockey, Olympic and International IIHF.


My husband and our youngest son, J, are always most interested in the memorabilia and trophies but it is the beautiful architecture of the old bank and vault that draws me in. The original Stanley Cup is in the original bank vault.


This girl loves hockey, but the metal, gears and wood detail of the vault and trophy room are even more appealing. Shh, don't tell my guys!


I guess I can't take one of these beauties home with me ?!!




More details and intricate woodwork.

With each visit I can't help but stare up at the gorgeous ceiling like a tourist, but c'mon, can you blame me?


We had an unseasonably warm and beautifully sunny March day (double digit warm, 17 Celsius, no snow and t-shirt weather in Ontario, Canada in March, are you kidding me?) and the light streaming through the stained glass dome was just gorgeous.


The Stanley Cup was out of the building until 12:30 but there were lots of other trophies to admire (we chose not to go back upstairs when it returned because we have seen it on previous visits and the crowds were growing.) 


The interactive area is always a blast, in this case shooting on a virtual goalie.


Our oldest son was up north this week doing farm things he loves so this was a special trip for J. My guys have all played minor hockey (as most boys and girls in my extended family do) and love hockey at all levels, from local to NHL to Olympic.


Olympic Gold for Canada's Women and Men.


International hockey.
Hockey legends (and Canadians) like Bobby Orr...


and the Great Wayne Gretzky.


Newer teams and the Original Six.


American and Canadian teams.


And did I mention great architecture? If you are in the area, and you like hockey, you might want to spend a few hours here. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Now back to painting my little desk.

13 comments:

  1. My son want's to go there so so bad...He is a Detroit fan , while his dad is a Canadian fan...Blessings LOri

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  2. Great pics! I am ashamed to say that we have never been there before and we have spent way too much time in Toronto with all our visits to the Hospital For Sick Kids. Thanks for showing me what it looks like inside :)
    It truly has been beautiful weather this week, sure can't complain! I am hearing next week is going to even warmer!
    Have a great night!
    hugs, Trish

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  3. Wow, what a beautiful place and your photos are amazing!

    Kat :)

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  4. Did you see the resident ghost. My friend used to work there and say's he's there!!

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  5. Wow! That architecture is beautiful -- definitely not what I would expect when faced with the words Hockey Hall of Fame. Very cool! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  6. What a great building, Elizabeth! I know nothing about hockey, but I would have been happy enough walking around just looking at this building. : ) My son is coming to visit us and we are planning a trip to the NFL Hall of Fame. Hopefully, the building is just as interesting!

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  7. Ice hockey isn't very popular in the south (for obvious reasons), but we do have a team. I know it is very big in your area! That is really a neat museum to see it all. I've actually been to Toronto before (on a business trip when I used to work fulltime). It is a beautiful city! That was the first time I ever went to Canada. It was a fun experience. It looks very different from where I live. The architecture in that building is exquisite! That's really something to see the tight secuity involved for those trophies too. Thanks for taking us on the tour!

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  8. My son in law would love this. He has played hockey since he was a youngster and is a huge Blues fan (naturally, since he lives in STL). All the kids are hockey fans. He would particularly enjoy this.

    I love the old bank building. It is incredible.

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  9. My son in law would love this. He has played hockey since he was a youngster and is a huge Blues fan (naturally, since he lives in STL). All the kids are hockey fans. He would particularly enjoy this.

    I love the old bank building. It is incredible.

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  10. very cool! my grandma was from toronto (she was a speed skater!) & her cousins (red kelley and jack riley) are in the hhof. thanks for the little memory! xo

    www.NorthernCottage.net

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  11. This was one of the "tourist" things we did last February when I visited Toronto... although I was a hockey mom for 10 years the architecture was my favorite part! Gorgeous!

    ~Chris

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  12. What a beautiful old building! I love old architecture. I leave Hockey to my husband, except that I do love to hear how well the Jets are doing this year! Very well actually!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  13. I'm not a big hockey fan but I enjoy this post especially for the architecture and that gorgeous stained glass dome. Blessings, Pamela

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