The HHOF (the Hockey Hall of Fame) in Toronto is a unique museum located in what was formerly the Bank of Montreal. It not only contains the largest selection of hockey memorabilia in the world, but it’s also home to the Stanley Cup – the oldest professional competitive trophy in North America – as well as player exhibits, equipment, and memorabilia.
Though originally opened in 1943 in Kingston, Ontario, the Toronto reincarnation debuted in 1958 and moved to its downtown location in 1993. You can watch some iconic clips in its theaters, or, even better, you can visit the “Be A Player Zone” and do some shooting yourself with life-sized, computer-simulated goaltenders!
The Great Hall honors the ‘greats’ – i.e., those who have joined the Hall of Fame and created legendary hockey moments. These include Bobby Clarke (played ’69-’84; diabetes didn’t stop him from checking players right and left), Alex Delvecchio (played ’50-’74; when he retired, he held one of the top records for assists and points scored), Ken Dryden (played ’70 to ’79, honored with the Vezina Trophy for being the league’s best goalie), Mike Bossy (played ’77 to ’87 with four Stanley Cups won), and Paul Coffey (played ’80 to ’01, commonly thought of as the fastest defenseman of his time).
General entry is $17.50, with discounts for youth and seniors. The HHOF is in Brookfield Place off Yonge Street. If authentic trophies matter to you, make sure the real Stanley Cup isn’t traveling; for part of the year it’s replaced with a replica. Don’t forget to visit the Spirit of Hockey shop on your way out for some awesome branded apparel!