Legends of Hockey - The Ten Most Significant Events/Highlights Which Influenced Hockey Hall of Fame Operations Since 1993
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The Ten Most Significant Events/Highlights Which Influenced Hockey Hall of Fame Operations Since 1993
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Grand Opening At BCE Place (1993)
After 32 years on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame moved into its magnificent new home in the former downtown Toronto branch of the Bank of Montreal on June 18, 1993.
Annual Induction Weekend (1993-2002)
In 1993, the first induction ceremony held at the new facility welcomed Guy Lapointe, Edgar Laprade, Steve Shutt and Billy Smith to the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2002, the tenth induction at Yonge and Front streets, Bernie Federko, Clark Gillies, Rod Langway and Roger Neilson became Honoured Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.


'Legends Of Hockey' Brand (1993-2002)
The 'Legends' brand was first introduced in 1993 with a deluxe coffee table book titled Hockey Hall of Fame Legends featuring various Honoured Members and selected artifacts. The book provided the inspiration for the award winning television series, Legends of Hockey. Legends of Hockey has become one of the Hall's most prolific external brands, featured in outreach programs, fundraising events and a comprehensive digital content initiative linked to the on-going operation of LegendsOfHockey.net.
Mario Lemieux Induction (1997)
After 12 NHL seasons, six scoring championships, three most valuable player selections and two Stanley Cup championships, Mario Lemieux announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 1996-97 season. He was immediately selected for inclusion into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and was inducted as an Honoured Member along with Bryan Trottier and Glen Sather on November 17, 1997. Then, in December 2000, Lemieux returned to play with the Penguins, placing him with Gordie Howe and Guy Lafleur as just the third Honoured Member to return to play in the NHL.


'Tissot World Of Hockey' Established (1998)
The Hockey Hall of Fame's first major expansion since moving into its BCE Place location occurred in 1998 when 'Tissot World of Hockey' was unveiled. The initiative, introduced through a relationship with the International Ice Hockey Federation, added more than 3,500 square feet to the existing space, allowing further exhibition of artifacts from Olympic Winter Games, World Championships, women's hockey and the development and history of hockey in over fifty countries around the world.
Closing of Maple Leaf Gardens/Opening Of Air Canada Centre (1999)
On February 13, 1999, the Toronto Maple Leafs played their final home game at Maple Leaf Gardens. Six days later, the Leafs hosted a parade, moving from their old home to their new location. The parade route began at Maple Leaf Gardens, passed the Hockey Hall of Fame and ended at Air Canada Centre. Players past and present rode in the parade, as did the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy. Then, on February 20, 1999, the Leafs played the Canadiens in their first game at Air Canada Centre. The attention drawn to the city of Toronto by hockey fans globally gave the Hockey Hall of Fame one of the busiest weeks in its history, hosting fans and Leaf alumni alike.


Wayne Gretzky Induction (1999)
After an extraordinary career that included nine Hart Trophy selections as the NHL's most valuable player and ten NHL scoring championships, Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement with the conclusion of the 1998-99 season. The league decided that the three-year waiting period for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame would be waived for the final time to accommodate Wayne Gretzky. On November 22, 1999, the Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed Wayne Gretzky along with Scotty Morrison and Andy Van Hellemond to its fold. The ceremony was so massive that the Hockey Hall of Fame opened the Galleria of BCE Place for the first time to accommodate the spectacularly high number of attendees. To this date, it is the largest function held by the Hockey Hall of Fame - just one more record held by Wayne Gretzky.
NHL All-Star Game, Toronto (2000)
On February 6, 2000, the NHL All-Star Game returned to Toronto for the first time since January 1968 and commemorating the fiftieth all-star game. MVP Pavel Bure scored three goals to lead the World to a 9-4 victory over North America. In a ceremony prior to the game, the National Hockey League announced that it would retire the number 99 league-wide to honour the accomplishments of Wayne Gretzky.


Team Canada '72/Canada's Team of the Century Monument (2000)
In 2000, Canadian Press named Team Canada '72 its 'Team of the Century.' In 1972, Team Canada defeated the Soviet Union in the renowned Summit Series. To commemorate the tournament and team, a permanent monument was unveiled on the exterior premises of the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 10, 2000. Thirty of the 37 players and coaches were on hand at the unveiling.
THE 'SALT LAKE LOONIE' (2002)
The 2002 Winter Olympic Games provided outstanding hockey, but one story has taken on almost mythical proportions. A member of the Edmonton icemaking team secretly slipped a Canadian dollar, a loonie, into the ice directly below the centre ice faceoff dot. As the Winter Games went on, a few members of both the Canadian Men's and Women's teams were informed of the good luck talisman. On February 21, the Canadian Women beat Team USA 3-2 to win the gold medal. Three days later, the Team Canada's Men defeated the USA 5-2 to capture a second gold medal for Canada. After that game, Team Canada executives Wayne Gretzky and Kevin Lowe scraped the loonie out of the ice and presented it to Phil Pritchard, curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Fans from around the world arrived at the Hockey Hall of Fame to see and touch the 'Salt Lake Loonie,' dreaming that the good luck would extend to them as well.

The mural art was created by Toronto-based artist David Arrigo, and eight of these artworks
have been reproduced as window banners and placed on the exterior of the Hockey Hall of Fame






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