The Hockey Hall of Fame kicked off the 2024 NHL All-Star weekend by showcasing items donated from the Professional Women's Hockey League.
The following items from the inaugural PWHL season are now showcased in the "Women's Hockey — Celebrating Excellence" exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ella Shelton (PWHL New York) dropped by with the historic stick and puck used in the first-ever PWHL All-Star game on February 1, 2024. It's notable that Shelton scored the first regular season goal in league history, as well, the first PWHL All-Star game goal.
Donated items from the first PWHL game (January 1, 2024):
Donated items from the first-ever PWHL All-Star game (February 1, 2024):
"To come to the Hockey Hall of Fame and see the Women's exhibit has been so incredible. To view all the history behind the Women's game has been very emotional. I can't thank all these women enough for their dedication and hard work. To be a part of this history is something I will never forget." Ella Shelton, PWHL New York
Limited‐time exhibit features exclusive artifacts showcasing 100 seasons of the Boston Bruins Hockey Club
TORONTO (November 30, 2023) ‐ To celebrate the Boston Bruins' milestone season, the Hockey Hall of Fame has opened a Boston Bruins Centennial exhibit that will run through the 2023‐24 hockey season and into the 2024‐25 hockey season with December 1, 2024, marking their 100th anniversary.
With specially curated artifacts ranging from 1926 to 2018, the display outlines the story of the first US‐based NHL team to reach its Centennial and the third club overall. Featured items include a miniature Stanley Cup that was presented to Art Ross representing the team's first Stanley Cup win in 1928‐29, Nels Stewart's game‐worn NHL All‐Star team sweater from the “Ace” Baily Benefit game played on February 14, 1934. The famous “Kraut Line” is well represented with sweaters from Milt Schmidt (1937‐38), Woody Dumart (1948‐49) and Bobby Bauer (March 18, 1952). Also included is Bobby Orr's 60th regular season point stick from the 1968‐69 NHL season, Phil Esposito's 76th goal/152‐point stick from the 1970‐71 NHL season, Rogie Vachon's 50th career shutout goal stick from the 1980-81 season, Ray Bourque's 1000th point puck from February 29, 1992, and Patrice Bergeron's 500th career NHL point stick from October 25, 2014.
“One of the National Hockey League's original-six teams is celebrating its 100th anniversary and the Hockey Hall of Fame is thrilled and excited to showcase the rich history of the Boston Bruins”, said Phil Pritchard, Vice-President, Resource Centre and Curator, Hockey Hall of Fame. “Historic moments, unique stories and numerous Honoured Members are represented in this special display honouring the great tradition of the Bruins.”
The Hockey Hall of Fame continually receives donations of artifacts from across the world, from international tournaments to leagues, schools, photography collections and more. Here are some of the newest additions now on display:
• Vegas Golden Knights' Stanley Cup Championship Ring — now on display in Lord Stanley's Vault inside the Esso Great Hall, the 2023 championship ring joins the collection! Sixty-seven white diamonds are set on the Knights' logo representing their combined total of regular season and playoff wins. Learn more about the ring's incredible and unique features (including a detachable top that can be worn as a pendant!) in this special 'Hockey Treasures' behind-the-scenes episode here.
• Class of 2023 Inductee Showcase – highlighting the careers of Tom Barrasso, Ken Hitchcock, Pierre Lacroix, Henrik Lundqvist, Caroline Ouellette, Pierre Turgeon and Mike Vernon. Located adjacent to the Hall's Spirit of Hockey store, this tribute features artifacts ranging from NHL All‐Star games, milestone NHL seasons, Olympic and IIHF Championships, and acheivement awards.
• Stanley Cup Champion Exhibit – showcasing the Vegas Golden Knights' Stanley Cup win! Highlights of this Hyundai NHL Today display include Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Marchessault's jersey, Zach Whitecloud's game worn skates, Golden Knights Captain Mark Stone's game worn gloves and helmet, items straight from the celebrations in the Golden Knights locker room and more.
• Women's Hockey ‐ Celebrating Excellence – Celebrating the trailblazers of the women's game and chronicling the history of their remarkable journey. Explore an immersive compilation of artifacts and memorabilia showcasing the over century‐long history of women in hockey from the rise of the game in the 1890s, post WWII re‐emergence, mainstream triumphs and modern‐day barrier breakers. Learn more.
Opened on March 10, 2023, the new St. Louis Bar & Grill Arena Zone serves as the gateway to the NHLPA Game Time model rink and is comprised of the following highlights:
• Franchise Alley spotlights each NHL member team and their minor league affiliates
• Vintage Hockey Hub houses the largest jewel in the HHOF collection the first Zamboni used in the NHL in 1954, as well as other artifacts from the famous original six arenas
• Silverware displays over 25 historic non-NHL Championship Trophies, including the Allan, Calder, Clarkson and Memorial Cups
• The Changing Face of Hockey “Diversity in our Game” features hockey's groundbreakers and trailblazers
• Plus several other themed exhibits celebrating additional innovations and levels of hockey
Inspiring Indigenous youth to excel in academics and succeed through unique Hockey Hall of Fame outreach programs.
In 2018, the Hockey Hall of Fame introduced the newly established Hockey Hall of Fame Development and Preservation Fund together with its first “designated endowment” program, namely The Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family Legends of Hockey Scholars Fund supported through an endowment gift of $1 million from the Tanenbaum's family foundation.
In activating the Legends of Hockey Scholars initiative, the Hockey Hall of Fame partnered with Connected North to deliver a series of virtual field trip sessions to provide Indigenous schools in remote communities with access to hockey–related content that is engaging and empowering. The curriculums include video tours of specific Hall of Fame exhibits, interactive class activities, as well as artifacts, historical footage and photographs from the Hall of Fame's extensive archives.
As stewards of the Legends of Hockey Scholars Fund, each year the Hockey Hall of Fame selects students from Indigenous schools who have not only demonstrated exceptional dedication towards academics and their community, but also shown a passion for hockey. In addition to receiving financial contribution towards future education, a listing of each scholarship recipient is displayed within the Changing Face of Hockey: Diversity in the Game exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame.