If you have any hockey fans in your house, and you can get yourself to Toronto, then the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must see attraction. Our guy is obsessed and chose the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) as part of his birthday trip to Toronto, along with a visit to the Ripley’s Aquarium. We had actually visited a few years back, but part of the hall was under construction, and he was so young that he couldn’t remember much of his initial visit, so a second visit was a done deal.
The HHOF opens with a huge collection of hockey memorabilia (the largest in the world). Walls of pucks and masks, player specific collections including Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe and of course, Wayne Gretzky.
So many hockey legends are honoured here – it’s great to see special pieces here that represent each of the players. My son was especially enamoured with anything related to the Edmonton Oilers, his favourite team.
But there is so much more to the HHOF than just the pieces of memorabilia. There’s also the Montreal Canadiens Dressing Room exhibit that is actually a to-scale replica of the actual space in the Montreal Forum. The Via Rail Stanley Cup Dynasties Zone features the nine teams “lorded over the NHL for extended periods of time, giving these clubs the singular honour of being considered “Dynasties”. You can watch a 3D movie in the TSN theatre, or try your hand at NHLPA Game Time, where you can be the goalie or the player – the kids, and the husband, LOVED this and it had a huge crowd. Do you dream of a future as a hockey commentator like my son does? At the TSN/RDS Broadcast Zone, you can choose from a number of classic hockey game moments and then be the commentator, which you can then share via social media.
My littlest loved all the trophies in the Scotiabank Hometown Hockey exhibit, and in the Esso Hall which houses all the major NHL trophies, including the STANLEY CUP. You can choose to take your own pics with the cup, or have a photographer take a pic for you, which you can then pickup in the retail store on your way out.
When you exit the HHOF, you will find yourself walking into the Spirit of Hockey Store. You’ll find a great selection of HHOF, NHL, Hockey Canada and other licensed merchandise for adults and children.
The Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) is located in downtown Toronto (Yonge & Front St), close to Union Station and so many other attractions including the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, and the Eaton Centre. There is so much to see here, so you should plan to stay a few hours so you don’t miss out on any of it. It’s open 362 days a year, except for Christmas, New Years and Induction day. Check out their website for more details, their hours and ticket info. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Check out the video below to see a glimpse of Game Time at the HHOF and Jonathan Bernier – because he’s pretty.
*This isn’t a sponsored post. I just wanted to share another great attraction we really enjoy.*