The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto.
Dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is both a museum and a hall of fame.
It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records,
memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup. Originally in Kingston,
Ontario, the Hockey Hall of Fame was first established in 1943 under the
leadership of James T. Sutherland. The first class of honoured members was
inducted in 1945, before the Hall of Fame had a permanent location. It moved to
Toronto in 1958 after the NHL withdrew its support for the International Hockey
Hall of Fame in Kingston, Ontario. Its first permanent building opened at
Exhibition Place in 1961. In 1993, the Hall was relocated to a former Bank of
Montreal building in Downtown Toronto, where it is presently located.
The Hockey Hall of Fame has 15 exhibit areas covering 57,000 square feet (5,300
m2). Visitors can view trophies, memorabilia and equipment worn by players
during special games. The MCI Great Hall, described as "a Cathedral to the icons
of Hockey", contains portraits and biographical information about every Hall of
Fame honoured member. The centrepiece of the Great Hall is the Stanley Cup; for
part of the year a replica is put on display when the presentation cup travels
outside of the Hall of Fame. The original version of the Cup and the older
rings, as well as all of the current National Hockey League trophies, are
displayed in the bank vault, an alcove off the Great Hall. The Hall of Fame
induction ceremony is annually held in the Great Hall.
The NHL Zone is a large area featuring displays relating to the NHL. Current
teams and players are highlighted in the NHL Today area, while the NHL Retro
displays include memorabilia and information about every NHL team past and
present. The NHL Legends area features rotating exhibits focusing on honoured
members; and NHL Milestones displays exhibits of noteworthy records including
Darryl Sittler's ten-point game and Wayne Gretzky's all-time points record. The
Stanley Cup dynasties exhibit features displays that include memorabilia from
the rosters of nine teams considered to be dynasties because they dominated the
NHL for several years at a time." This area also has a replica of the Montreal
Canadiens' dressing room as it existed at the old Montreal Forum. The Panasonic
Hometown Hockey section is dedicated to grass roots hockey in North America; it
includes exhibits about various leagues and sections on women's and disabled
hockey leagues. Special exhibits in the past included an exhibit in 2000
showcasing Gretzky memorabilia.