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Hockey Hall of Fame Opens In 1961

August 26, 1961
Although the Hockey Hall of Fame had existed on paper since 1945, it was not until August 26, 1961 that a building was opened to honour the greatest hockey players and house their artifacts and hockey history. That occurred on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, and on June 18, 1993 the Hockey Hall of Fame moved to more spacious quarters in the heart of the city's downtown.

Quotable:
"There is nothing greater than hockey to bring about national unity and a closer relationship between the United States and Canada"
- PM John Diefenbaker at the ground-breaking press conference.

Ground-breaking press conference

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The Montreal Canadiens registered the highest winning % in the 1960's of .623.

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