Legends of Hockey - Hockey Hall of Fame & Canadian Hockey League pay tribute to historic Memorial Cup

Induction Celebration Media Honourees
New Feature Film "Memorial Cup Magic" Launched Along with New Junior Hockey Exhibit

CHL President David Branch, Lieutenant (Retired)
Garth Webb, HHOF Chairman Bill Hay, and Master Bombardier Rodney Gallant.
TORONTO (November 1, 2002) -- The Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Hockey League announced today that the Memorial Cup trophy would now be a permanent feature at the Hockey Hall of Fame, commemorated by a new tribute film titled Memorial Cup Magic, which will be showcased in the Hartland Molson Theatre over the next year.

"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome the Memorial Cup and honoured to make it the focal point of our exhibit on Junior hockey," said Phil Pritchard, Director, Hockey Operations and Curator, Hockey Hall of Fame.

The trophy will be surrounded by a special display celebrating Junior hockey, from its beginnings in 1919 to present day. Valuables such as Cooney Weiland's cufflinks from the 1924 Owen Sound Greys, to Eric Lindros's 1990 Oshawa Generals sweater, to the gloves of Val d'Or forward Simon Gamache from the 2001 tournament will be on display for hockey fans.

Memorial Cup Magic is a new 30-minute feature film written, directed and produced by Mark Askin on behalf of Molstar Sports & Entertainment. The film highlights the history one of hockey's oldest and most coveted championship icons. It covers both past and present tournaments, behind-the-scenes drama from the 2002 Memorial Cup in Guelph, Ontario as well as past winners, including Red Kelly and Darcy Tucker.

Memorial Cup Heroes (Left to right) Ron Ellis, Harry Neale, Don Cherry, Harry Howell, Lou Fontinato, Andy Bathgate and Red Kelly stand on stage with the Memorial Cup.
"The Memorial Cup has such a rich tradition that has helped shape the way Junior hockey is played in North America," said David Branch, President, Canadian Hockey League. "We are happy that Canadians from coast to coast will be able to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame and view this storied trophy, the new exhibit and view the tribute film, Memorial Cup Magic."

The 2001-2002 season marked the 84th anniversary of the Memorial Cup, the most sought after trophy in Junior hockey. The Memorial Cup trophy was originally named the OHA Memorial Cup after the Ontario Hockey Association donated it in March 1919 in remembrance of the many Canadian hockey players who lost their lives during World War I.

The Canadian Hockey League is the largest hockey league in the world and is the major source of talent for the National Hockey League, comprised of the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with 55 franchises located throughout North America.

A tribute to the Memorial Cup will also be featured within the live TSN broadcast of the 2002 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony beginning at 7:00 PM (ET) on Monday, November 4, 2002. This marks the 10th Anniversary of the Induction Weekend / Celebration since the Hockey Hall of Fame moved to BCE Place in June 1993. The Hockey Hall of Fame plans to celebrate with a series of exciting initiatives, including an investment of $7.0 million in exhibit revitalization projects to be carried out in the 2003 calendar year. Today, the Hall unveiled ten commissioned mural artworks featuring the most significant events / activities which influenced its operations since 1993 (eight of which are reproduced as window banners on the exterior of the historic bank building at the corner of Yonge and Front Streets).

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