Crouched in anticipation at the goal, you watch Wayne Gretzky skate toward you and smack the puck at up to 70 mph. Sliding to the left, you pull off a near-miraculous save. Although it may seem like a dream, this fast-paced encounter is a reality at Hockey Hall of Fame. Here, fans live out their icy dreams in interactive games and explore the history of the country’s favourite winter pastime.
When they’re done practicing slapshots, patrons can revisit some of the sport’s greatest moments with archival and retrospective films or lose themselves in the world’s largest collection of hockey memorabilia and artifacts. The more than 60,000-square-foot facility also shelters the Stanley Cup, which, unlike an A-list porcupine, guests are invited to touch. A to-scale replica of the Montreal Canadiens dressing room also invites exploration of its player stalls and jerseys.