The Hockey Hall of Fame and its members are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Honoured Member Walter L. Bush Jr.
Walter L. Bush Jr. played a vital role in the growth and development of amateur and professional hockey in the United States. Although Bush Jr.'s influence was felt throughout the country, it was strongest in his native Minnesota. Bush Jr. was instrumental in popularizing the game at the amateur and minor pro levels before playing a key role in the expansion of the NHL to Minneapolis-St. Paul.
In 1986 Bush Jr. was named president of the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (AHAUS) and later that year was elected to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Council. He was later named IIHF vice-president and took on a role with the United States Olympic Committee. Bush Jr. would go on to become a director of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minnesota and, in 1972, was the first US-born official named to the Board of Directors of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Hockey Hall of Fame would like to extend sincere condolences to Mr. Bush Jr.'s family.
Click here to view Walter L. Bush Jr.'s Honoured Member page
Ron Ellis, Johnny Bower and Brendan Shanahan officially unveil the limited-time time Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial exhibit.
The limited-time Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit is an immersive tribute to 100 years of pride and passion.
Hockey Hall of Fame Kicks Off Summer with Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit
On July 7, 2016, the Hockey Hall of Fame officially unveiled the limited-time exhibit featuring tributes honouring 100 years of the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise.
Featured items in the exhibit include Bill Barilko’s 1951 Stanley Cup winning overtime stick and puck used to score his last goal, skates worn by Johnny Bower circa 1960, the million dollar cheque from the Chicago Black Hawks for Frank Mahovlich, dated October 6, 1962 (that went uncashed), George Armstrong’s sweater from the 1967 Stanley Cup championship, the stick used by Tim Horton during game seven of the 1964 Stanley Cup final, Mats Sundin’s jersey from the final game played at Maple Leaf Gardens and much more spanning from Conn Smythe to current day.
“When Toronto’s NHL franchise took to the ice at Arena Gardens in late 1917, no one could have imagined this would become one of hockey’s most storied and recognized teams” said Ron Ellis of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and former Toronto Maple Leaf from 1964-1980. “The Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial exhibit showcases how the franchise has remained iconic through the last century, with names like Bower, Sittler, Gilmour, Sundin and so many more who have inspired generations of fans as Leafs Nation faithful.”
Stanley Cup Champions
Artifact Display Unveiled!
Now on display is an extensive exhibit dedicated to the 2016 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bryan Rust’s Jersey wornduring all three home games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
Evgeni Malkin’s Helmet worn throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Matt Murray’s Blocker & Catcher worn throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Phil Kessel’s Stick usedduring the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
Carl Hagelin’s Skates worn throughout the second half of the 2015-16 NHL regular season and playoffs.
Sidney Crosby’s Socks worn throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Kris Letang’s Gloves worn throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Chris Kunitz’ Stick usedduring the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
Gordon (Gordie) Howe 1928-2016
With heavy hearts, the Hockey Hall of Fame announces the passing of the legendary Gordie Howe.
Simply referred to as "Mr. Hockey," Gordie Howe dominated the NHL like no other during his era, finishing top five in scoring for 20 consecutive seasons.
Howe made his professional debut with the Detroit Red Wings at the age of 18 during the 1946-47 season and retired from the game at the age of 52 in 1980. A rare combination of strength and skill, Howe rewrote the NHL record book, retiring as the NHL’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points as well as games played.
A six-time Art Ross Trophy winner as the NHL's leading regular season scorer, Howe also received the Hart Trophy on six occasions as the league's most valuable player. He received the Order of Canada in 1971 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.
For multiple generations, Gordie Howe was not only Mr. Hockey, he was hockey.
Click here to view Gordie Howe's Honoured Member page.
Click here to view Gordie Howe's Legends Spotlight page.
The Changing Face of Hockey - Diversity in Our Game Exhibit Unveiled
The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to announce its newest exhibit, The Changing Face of Hockey - Diversity in Our Game. The permanent exhibit brings to light the challenges faced by marginalized people across North America in their struggle for social equality and acceptance in the great game of hockey.
The new display pays homage to the pioneers who confronted discrimination from the hockey world through their perseverance, talent, and courage. They have enriched the cultural landscape of hockey and established a tangible forum in which to fight prejudices still faced by many, both in hockey and in life.
ATTENTION TEACHERS! In conjunction with this new exhibit, the Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to announce our newest education package featuring curriculum based pre-visit, Hall visit and post-visit activities FREE for download! The Changing Face of Hockey — Diversity in Our Game Education Package promises to be an educational highlight to any school visit. Details.
The 2015 ring has been added to the Stanley Cup Championship Ring Display.
Chicago Blackhawks President, John McDonough, donates a 2015 Stanley Cup championship ring to Phil Pritchard, Vice President and Curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Sabrina Leeder/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Donate 2015 Stanley Cup Championship Ring
On January 15, 2016, Hockey Hall of Fame Curator Phil Pritchard added a 2015 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship ring to the Stanley Cup Championship ring display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The 14 karat white gold ring that boasts 355 custom princess-cut diamonds was added to the Stanley Cup Championship Ring Display in the NHL Zone which also features past Stanley Cup champions, including the first-ever Stanley Cup ring (1893) Billy Barlow (MAAA); Bill Hay's 1961 ring (CHI); Daryl "Doc" Seaman's 1989 ring (CGY) and Bob Johnson's 1991 ring (PIT). The display also contains rings from the 2007 (ANA), 2008 (DET), 2009 (PIT), 2010 (CHI), 2011 (BOS), 2012 (LA), 2013 (CHI) and 2014 (LA) Stanley Cup Champions, which were all donated by the owners of the teams.
"We are very grateful to the Blackhawks organization, especially, Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Stan Bowman, Al MacIsaac and Norm Maciver," said Pritchard. "The 2015 Championship ring makes a great addition to the Stanley Cup Championship display. Our guests, who visit us from around the world, will be thrilled to be able to view it."
Click here to view press release in its entirety.
Hockey Hall of Fame Announces New Appointments to the Selection Committee
Lanny McDonald, Chairman of the Board of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced on December 1, 2015 the appointment of three new members to the Selection Committee to take effect in 2016. The appointments were approved at the Board of Directors meeting held November 10, 2015 and subsequently confirmed by the enrolment of the new members.
Ron Francis (HHOF 2007), Jari Kurri (HHOF 2001) and Bob McKenzie (2015 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Recipient) will join the Selection Committee replacing McDonald (who stepped down on July 1, 2015 to serve as Chairman of the Board), Mike Emrick and Peter Stastny, the latter two whose terms will expire concurrent with the new appointments. At present, Francis is the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, Kurri is the General Manager of the Finnish club Jokerit of the KHL and McKenzie is a hockey analyst and writer for TSN.
This exact replica of the SportsCentre studio at TSN offers Hockey Hall of Fame guests the opportunity to 'audition' and test their sports anchor skills in front of a camera. As is the case with the broadcast pods, all performances are recorded via the Cisco HHOF GameCAM Video System which allows participants to download and later share their clip online.
Click here for complete TSN/RDS Broadcast Zone information.
NHLPA Game Time
Experience NHLPA Game Time, the Hockey Hall of Fame's revitalized model rink attraction that incorporates elements from EA SPORTS NHL14 enabling guests to go one-on-one against life-size, animated versions of today's greatest goalies and shooters in the Shut Out and Shoot Out simulation games.
Cisco GameCAM Video System records every simulation game play so that guests can immediately download and share their Game Time experience with the world via social media.
This state-of-the-art, immersive, interactive attraction is sure to be a highlight for Hockey Hall of Fame guests of all ages.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Exclusive 3D Film Presentation Now Playing
Stanley's Game Seven (3D) is now playing. The Hockey Hall of Fame's latest film offering is a landmark production in the world of hockey and pushes the boundaries of 3D filmmaking in the sports genre to groundbreaking levels, while offering guests an unparalleled "Experiential Hockey Attraction."
The story opens with a group of young men gathering at the local small-town rink for their once-a-week hockey game, the highlight of their lives, like it is for so many hockey enthusiasts.
Stanley's Game Seven combines a stunning mix of original live action, computer generated 3D animation, and classic archival footage of some of the most renowned playoff moments in Stanley Cup history. The 22 minute film plays at the top and half past the hour in the Hockey Hall of Fame's new TSN Theatre and is included in the price of admission.
HHOF Artifact Donation
The Hockey Hall of Fame is always looking for donations of everything hockey (any league and all levels worldwide). We have placed an emphasis on Audio and Visual material. Specifically this includes audio, film and video (including outdoor home films and video), broadcasts and interviews, photographic slides, negatives and digital photos.
All donated material will be preserved within the state of art climate controlled Photographic and Moving Pictures archive at the D.K. (Doc) Seaman Hockey Resource Centre. The Hockey Hall of Fame is committed to preserving and sharing our fabulous collection with hockey fans from all over the world. And thanks to the generous support by way of donations from families, teams, leagues and federations we have been able to achieve this goal for decades.
Award-Winning Hockey Hall of Fame Course Goes On-Line
From hockey's earliest origins to the Great One and beyond, Canada's great game is now being taught exclusively on-line. A credit course at Seneca College in Toronto, titled The Hockey Hall of Fame Presents, provides the opportunity for students across North America to participate.
The Hockey Hall of Fame and Seneca College's Faculty of Continuing Education have combined to create this landmark and award-winning on-line course, which takes a serious look at the history and evolution of the game. Each week's topics examine the cultural, social and economic impact hockey has had on Canada.
"We're excited about sharing our passion for hockey," says Hockey Hall of Fame Curator Phil Pritchard, who is one of the course's instructors along with the Editor of Publications at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Kevin Shea. "We are delighted to partner with Seneca in order to take the Hockey Hall of Fame's reputation and resources into the classroom."