International Hockey Hall of Fame
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|International Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum|
|Location||Invista Centre, Kingston, Ontario, Canada|
|Type||hall of fame and museum|
|Visitors||1500 annually 1|
|Director||Mark Potter (President)|
The International Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHOF) and Museum located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is a small hall of fame and museum dedicated to the history of ice hockey in Canada. The IHHOF was originally to be the one Hockey Hall of Fame, (HHOF) but events led to the construction of the HHOF in Toronto, Canada instead.2 The IHHOF recently moved to a new location in the Invista Centre ice rink facility in Kingston.
The International Hockey Hall of Fame was founded on September 10, 1943 and incorporated as a non-profit charity by the National Hockey League and the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The IHHOF inducted its first members in 1946. In 1958, NHL President Clarence Campbell announced that the NHL was withdrawing its support for the IHHOF in Kingston to establish the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. All players inducted by the Hall of Fame committees were included in the Toronto HHOF when it was built.
Despite this major setback, the Board of Directors of the International Hockey Hall of Fame moved forward. In 1962, a grant was awarded by the City of Kingston for the construction of a new building. In 1965 the International Hockey Hall of Fame moved into their new building located on the Memorial Centre grounds in Kingston. In 1969, the NHL and the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto made unsuccessful overtures to obtain the IHHOF exhibits and the rights to the name “International Hockey Hall of Fame”.citation needed In 1992, the IHHOF added new exhibits from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The IIHF exhibits were located at the IHHOF from 1992 through 1997. The IIHF relocated them to the HHOF in Toronto, in 1998.
The museum had two floors at their original home at 277 York Street. The first had exhibits about Bobby Orr, Don Cherry, the Original Six, Wayne Gretzky and others. The second floor had a display of the Hall of Fame's inductees, plus exhibits about Kingston and area professional hockey players, the World Hockey Association, and the evolution of ice skates and hockey sticks. Artifacts included jerseys worn by Gordie Howe, Rocket Richard and others, skates and sticks from the 1800s and the championship banner of the 1914 Toronto Blueshirts. Outside of the building was an over-sized square "puck".
The York Street building was demolished in 2012, and in the meantime a portion of the museum's collection is located at the Invista Centre (1350 Gardiners Road) with the remainder in storage offsite.3
The IHHF has 9 builders and 32 inducted since 1945, but none since 1966.
Each February since 1969 the IHHOF presents its annual Historic Hockey Series. The series is both a competition and demonstration of the first organized hockey game played on the Kingston Harbour in 1886 between Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada. The original style sticks and uniforms as well as the original rules of that era are used including a square puck, seven players per side and with no forward passing. Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada compete along with the 2nd Regiment from the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from Petawawa who represent the garrison soldiers stationed in Kingston in the 1880s in a round-robin tournament. The 38th Annual Historic Hockey Series took place on Sunday February 5, 2006 on the new outdoor rink at Kingston’s downtown historic Market Square.45
- Hockey Hall of Fame
- IIHF Hall of Fame
- Royal Canadian Mint ice hockey coins
- Order of Hockey in Canada
- www.originalhockeyhalloffame.com/ official website