VIDEO: Hockey Hall of Fame

There are certain things I miss about home more than others when traveling abroad. Aside from friends and family, I really miss hockey just as much as anything else.

Hockey players on the beach outside the entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto

To understand how important hockey is to Canadians you need to look at examples of sports fanatic nations around the world. Hockey in Canada is the equivalent of soccer in Brazil, rugby in New Zealand and/or cricket in India.

Ice hockey was invented in Canada and we’re very proud of our national sport; however, the game has truly become global in recent decades, now being played quite seriously around the world.

A close up of the hockey player faces just outside of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada allows you to get glimpse into a hockey mad nation by entering its finest and more sacred shrine.

Inside you’ll find collections of both vintage and modern sweaters, goalie masks, player equipment (including helmets, skates, gloves,etc) and displays dedicated the the legends who have played the game over the years.

Commemorating the 72 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union

My favorite part was the interactive zones where I had a chance to shoot pucks at a video screen goaltender, put on a mask and gloves attempting to stonewall Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, and call the game from the broadcast section.

A theme room, dedicated to the Montreal Canadiens dressing room – Canada’s most accomplished professional NHL hockey team – allows to wander around and sit down feeling as though you are part of the team.

Inside the Montreal Canadiens dressing room

Finally, having a chance to view Lord Stanley’s Cup (The Stanley Cup) is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close to one of sport’s great trophies.

Here I am as the hockey goalie taking shots from Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier

Overall, I highly recommend visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame even if you’re not a fan of hockey or sports in general. It is a glimpse into the Canadian psyche as much as anything else.

I think somebody is having fun at the Hockey Hall of Fame

Video Script:

When visiting Toronto checking out the Hockey Hall of Fame should be a high priority.

Today is a very exciting day for me. I’m back in Canada and I’m visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame. For those of you who don’t know, hockey is almost like a religion in Canada. People go crazy over it. I’m as big of a hockey fan as there is so I can’t wait to take you inside and show you around.

Upon entering you’ll notice many displays including vintage and modern goalie masks.

Collections are gathered for both stars of today’s and those from past eras.

Including Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Wayne Gretzky and Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard.

One of my favorite areas was the interactive zone where I got to shoot pucks at a screen with a video game goalie.

I eventually even scored! YEAH!

Vintage skates from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

After I fended off shots from Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier by putting on a glove and blocker

My favorite part was the broadcast room where I got to call the game. Nash in on two defenders, makes a sick dangle. Oooh, what a goal! The crowd goes crazy!

Visiting the Montreal Canadiens dressing room was simply cool.

An old vintage hockey  helmet worn by the Soviet National Team

And who could forget getting a glimpse at the Stanley Cup. My favorite team the Chicago Blackhawks won it all last year.

I spent the rest of my time wandering around admiring hockey jerseys and vintage gear from all over the world. It has truly become a global sport.

A hockey skate just outside of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Overall, it was an awesome way for me to spend an afternoon back home in Canada.

Visiting the Hockey Hall Of Fame in Toronto Canada

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Maria Falvey July 21, 2014 at 6:27 am

The gear featured is fantastic. I agree that you can compare hockey to other sports in terms of understanding its popularity in certain regions but hockey is unlike any other game – skill, style and amazingly graceful. I have deep respect for those who can swiftly maneuver on the sharp edge of a metal blade and boldly face a puck traveling 100+ mph. :-D

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Steve July 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

The Hockey Hall of Fame was certainly one of my highlights when I visited Toronto. Great video.

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Mike July 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Samuel, I’m definitely sending this to my buddies who are huge hockey fans. They will love it! Wow, getting to virtually go head to head with The Great One…that would be a blast! That was also cool that you got to play commentator for part of game on the screen. I’ve always wanted to do something like that for any of the major sports :)

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Dale July 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Ice hockey never really gets the coverage it probably deserves in the UK, but the closest I can identify with you has got to be football and that feeling of being at the game and remembering great moments I wouldn’t swap for anything.

Loved that you enjoyed yourself, couldn’t help but chuckle at the play commenting too. It looks so easy until you try, then you know how hard the commentators job really is!

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Mary @ Green Global Travel July 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Looks like a paradise for hockey fans and a great way to learn a little about Canadian culture! Thanks for sharing!

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Laura @Travelocafe July 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I am not a fan of hokey, but even I would have enjoyed such a day.

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Frank July 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Fantastic post, I’m a huge hockey fan. The Canadiens my favorite team and would love going in the dressing room. And the interactive stuff pretty cool too. Actually one of the things I’m going to miss most now that we are embarking on our travels will be hockey, I’m trying to figure out how to view the Canadiens on RDS or CBC when overseas. Any tips?
By the way, my favorite team used to be the Blackhawks when I was a kid. Loved Tony Esposito.
Frank (bbqboy)

PS my wife Spanky heard the video in the background and says you sound like a geek. I had to explain to her what it means to be a hockey fan. I think got her straightened out.

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