Hockey Hall of Fame

Type: Museum

Originally opened in a new building on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in 1961, under the sponsorship of the National Hockey League, this institution moved to a much larger space in a renovated bank building in 1993. It combines artifacts, multi-media exhibits, interactive games, and a showcase for hockey’s Honoured Members and is home of the Stanley Cup. Its focus reaches internationally, in part due to a partnership with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).


Conservation / Preservation:


D.K. (Doc) Seaman Hockey Resource Centre, named in honour of one of the founding owners of the Calgary Flames, is a 18,000 square foot facility and now the new home of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s vast artefact and archival collections. It is the most comprehensive archive and research facility in the world dedicated to collecting and preserving resource materials related to the history of hockey:

  • Approximately 4,000 hockey sticks donated by players and teams of all levels
  • Near complete hockey magazine runs of The Hockey News, Hockey Pictorial, Hockey Digest, Sports Illustrated, Hockey Illustrated, Hockey Today, Hockey World, Goal Magazine, Beckett Hockey Monthly, NHL This Week, Les Canadiens, Inline Magazine, The Amateur Hockey Journal, American Hockey Magazine, Stanley Cup, The Stratford Files, etc…
  • Hockey publications on nearly every aspect of the game including teams, league and tournament histories, player biographies, coaching, international hockey, women’s hockey, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the origin of the game, arenas, trades, trivia, etc.
  • Various programs from professional, amateur, women’s, and international hockey league games and tournaments.
  • Biographical photo and press clipping files on teams, leagues, trophies, and individual players.
  • Near complete runs of media and statistical guides from domestic and international teams, leagues, drafts, and tournaments.
  • Microfiche collection of The Hockey News from 1947 through to 1987.
  • Various hockey videos featuring game action, coaching, scouting material, etc…
  • Binders of collectibles including hockey cards, schedules, tickets, and postcards.
  • Donated personal collections containing historic photos, clippings and statistics.
  • Photographer Photo Collections including the Turofsky brothers, Derik Murray, Paul Bereswill, Jack and Peter Mecca, Brain and Steve Babineau, Frank Prazak, Lewis Portnoy, James Kelly, Joe DiMaggio and Joanne Kalish, Ralph Bacon, Miles Nadal, Doug MacLellan, Matthew Manor, and Dave Sandford.
  • Company Photo Collections from O-Pee-Chee and Graphic Artists.
  • Newspaper Photo Collections from the Ottawa Citizen and Oshawa Times.
  • Images from international tournaments such as the ’72 Summit Series, Canada Cup, World Cup, Winter Olympic Games, Men’s, Women’s and Junior World Championships, Spengler Cup, and many more.
  • Various catalogued images of amateur to the professional leagues, players, coaches, trophies, and arenas.

Public Programming:


  • Hockey equipment, uniforms, and trophies.
  • Histories of individual hockey franchises
  • A to-scale replica of the renowned space within the Montreal Forum which was home to 23 Stanley Cup champions between 1924 and its closing in 1996. Player stalls commemorating some of the greatest Montreal Canadiens, including Guy Lafleur, Jacques Plante, Jean Beliveau, Ken Dryden and Howie Morenz, encircle the area.
  • A movie, The Stanley Cup Odyssey, presenting a history of the NHL in Canada.
  • Interactive hockey games.
  • Participatory hockey broadcasting.
  • Trivia games.
  • Displays of hockey cards, tickets, coins, games, dolls, apparel, pennants and food items from around the world.
  • Vintage hockey films.
  • Tissot World of Hockey Zone, dedicated to world hockey memorabilia and multi-media presentations.

Educational Programming

An extensive program for school children; see online description.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:


Address & Contact Information:

30 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5E 1X8

Phone: 416-360-7765

Hours of Operation:

(Excluding Christmas & March Breaks)
Monday-Friday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am to 5:00pm

(June 25, 2012 – Sept. 3, 2012)
Monday-Saturday: 9:30am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Christmas Break Extended Hours
(December 26, 2012 – January 6, 2013)
Monday-Saturday: 9:30am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

March Break Extended Hours
(March 9, 2013 – March 17, 2013)
Monday-Saturday: 9:30am to 6:00pm,  Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

The Hockey Hall of Fame is open every day of the year except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Induction Day.

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