HHOF Education Program — Writing Challenge
How to Enter/Prizing/Rules Evaluation Rubric
Registration/Submission Form Hockey Hall of Fame Education Program
To encourage creative writing within elementary schools, the inaugural Hockey Hall of Fame
Writing Challenge
was developed. During the 2006 fall term we invited junior (grades 4-6)
students to sharpen their pencils and participate in this challenge for a chance to
win a visit from the Stanley Cup to their school.

Grand Prize Winning Response
Ryan Johnson, Grade 5 Student
Allan A. Greenleaf Elementary School

View the other two finalist's submissions:
Grade 4 Finalist | Grade 6 Finalist




Writing Challenge Finalist Ryan Johnson with the Cup and his class
Grand Prize winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame Writing Challenge Ryan Johnson (middle) embraces Lord Stanley's Cup along with his thrilled classmates and family at Allan A. Greenleaf Elementary School on March 8th 2007.


Ryan Johnson with Phil Pritchard, Keeper of the Cup, during Tales of the Cup
Ryan Johnson (left) and Phil Pritchard, Keeper of the Cup (right) escort the Stanley Cup into a packed gymnasium of ecstatic students.


Stanley Cup Visits HHOF Writing Challenge Grand Prize Winner at School

On Thursday, March 8th, 2007 a dream came true for an eleven-year-old grade five student from Allan A. Greenleaf Elementary School in Waterdown, Ontario.

Earlier in the school year, Ryan Johnson's submission entitled "You Are a Winner in the Game of Hockey" was named as one of the top three finalists of the Hockey Hall of Fame Writing Challenge. In late January, 2007, Ryan and the two other finalists of Writing Challenge, along with their classmates, visited the Hockey Hall of Fame to present their submissions. Ryan communicated his submission with great passion and enthusiasm and as a result he was named the Grand Prize winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame Writing Challenge. Once Ryan heard the news, he immediately informed his friends during recess. "When I told them, they went ballistic, it's definitely the biggest thing I've ever won."

As the Grand Prize winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame's inaugural Writing Challenge, the Stanley Cup visited Ryan Johnson and 700 of his fellow students. The once-in-a-life-time visit also included a special "Tales of the Cup" presentation by Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard and former Maple Leaf Great Ron Ellis, plus an opportunity for students to get up-close and personal with hockey's ultimate prize.

The inaugural Hockey Hall of Fame Writing Challenge was developed to encourage creative writing for grade 4-6 students within elementary schools across the Greater Toronto Area. Ryan Johnson's mother has seen the results of the Writing Challenge first hand, "Ryan's interest in writing has peaked and he has since entered into another writing contest."

If you would like to involve your school in the 2007-08 Writing Challenge please contact us at writingchallenge@hhof.com.




Writing Challenge Finalists With Judges
The top three finalists & judges
pose for a photo.
(Left to right) Rey Sandre, Tommy Lee McDonald (Grade 6 Finalist), Stuart Chirrey (Grade 4 Finalsit), Andrew Podniecks, Ryan Johnson (Grand Prize Winner)
and Jayna Hefford.


FINALISTS PRESENT THEIR SUBMISSIONS & GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS SELECTED

During the morning of Monday, January 29, 2007 the top three Hockey Hall of Fame Writing Challenge finalists and their classmates visited the Hockey Hall of Fame free of charge to present their submissions. To begin the morning the classes were treated to a special "Tales of the Cup" presentation featuring former Leafs great Ron Ellis and Hockey Hall of Fame volunteer and TCDSB teacher Rey Sandre.

On hand to judge the three finalists were two-time Olympic hockey Gold Medalist Jayna Hefford, accomplished hockey author Andrew Podniecks, and Hockey Hall of Fame Education Committee Member and school teacher Rey Sandre. During the student's presentations judges were thrilled to see how each student had communicated their submissions with great enthusiasm and passion for the game of hockey.

The Hockey Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that the Grand Prize winner of the Inaugural Hockey Hall of Fame Writing Challenge is Ryan Johnson from Allan. A. Greenleaf Elementary School. Ryan's submission entitled "You Are a Winner in the Game of Hockey" has earned his school a visit by the Stanley Cup escorted by the Keeper of the Cup, Phil Pritchard before the end of the school year.


HOW TO ENTER
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME WRITING CHALLENGE

Deadline to enter the challenge was December 1, 2006.
Keep posted for challenge finalists.
1. Present the following five questions to your students.
Students will have the option to write a 50-200 word response in the form a short essay, story or poem, to one of the five questions listed below:
  1. How would you make the sport of hockey more diverse?

  2. Coming from a country whose national sport is not hockey, describe the similarities and differences of winning the championship in your family's homeland to winning the Stanley Cup.

  3. If you were a professional hockey player, how would you strive to be a positive role model in your community?

  4. If you were a hockey coach in the deciding game of the Olympic Gold Medal Championship, what expectations and goals would you have for yourself and your team, and how would you inspire your team to achieve their expectations and goals?

  5. Besides outscoring your opponents, what other ways can players win in the game of hockey?
Encourage your students to visit the official Hockey Hall of Fame website as a research resource for their response. If any references are utilized, students are asked to include a bibliography along with their response.

Use the Hockey Hall of Fame Education Program as a tool to introduce the Hockey Hall of Fame Writing Challenge to your students.

2. Review the responses of your students and select a class finalist. Each school may submit one finalist per class, grades 4-6.

3. Submit the response of the class finalist Click here for registration & submission form.

4. Three finalists, one finalist from each grade level, will be selected by the Hockey Hall of Fame Education Committee and contacted by December 15, 2006.

Responses will be evaluated using an Evaluation Rubric based on the Ministry of Education guideline expectations for the grade level (Click here to view the Evaluation Rubric) Winning submissions will be posted on the Hockey Hall of Fame's website.


PRIZING
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME WRITING CHALLENGE

Deadline to enter the challenge was December 1, 2006.
Keep posted for challenge finalists.
'Tales of the Cup' presentation by Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard Top Three Student Finalists Win:

A visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, January 29, 2007 for their entire class. Visit will include special "Tales of the Cup" presentation by Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard and former Maple Leaf Great Ron Ellis. Plus each class will receive a class photo with the Stanley Cup.*

During this visit, the top three student finalists will present their response in an oral presentation in the Hartland Molson Theatre at the Hockey Hall of Fame in front of the three classes and to a panel of Hockey Hall of Fame judges for the chance at the Grand Prize.

Once-in-a-lifetime visit by the Stanley Cup Grand Prize

A Visit From Stanley — The selected finalist will win a once-in-a-lifetime visit by the Stanley Cup to their school escorted by the Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard before the end of the school year.


RULES
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME WRITING CHALLENGE

Deadline to enter the challenge was December 1, 2006.
Keep posted for challenge finalists.
Provided below is a brief excerpt of the Hockey Hall of Fame Writing Challenge rules. To view complete Writing Challenge rules click here.

Hockey Hall of Fame Writing Challenge is open to grades 4 - 6 students enrolled in public, separate and private schools within the following districts: Toronto, Peel, Dufferin Peel, York, Durham, Halton and Hamilton Wentworth. Immediate family members of the Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum ('HHFM'), affiliated companies, participating sponsors, suppliers and contractors are not eligible to enter.

For questions or comments regarding the Hockey Hall of Fame Writing Challenge
please contact Matt Mitanis at 416-933-8200 or mmitanis@hhof.com