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Mike Ilitch

Mike Ilitch
July 20, 1929 -
February 10, 2017

The Hockey Hall of Fame and its members are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Honoured Member Mike Ilitch.

In 1959, Ilitch and his wife, Marian, opened Little Caesars Pizza Treat in a strip mall in suburban Detroit. Little did the couple know that Little Caesars would go on to become the third-largest pizza chain in the United States with franchises in Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Ilitch purchased the Detroit Red Wings in the early eighties and helped turn the club into one of the most successful franchises in the National Hockey League. Under Ilitch the Red Wings made the playoffs 25 years in a row from 1991-2016 and captured the Stanley Cup on four occasions.

The Hockey Hall of Fame would like to extend sincere condolences to Mr. Ilitch's family.

Click here to view his Honoured Member page.

Pittsburg Penguins Donate 2016 Stanley Cup Championship Ring

Pittsburg Penguins Donate 2016 Stanley Cup Championship Ring
Pittsburgh Penguins players Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin present Hockey Hall of Fame Curator Phil Pritchard with a 2016 championship ring.

Pittsburgh Penguins Donate 2016 Stanley Cup Championship Ring

On December 18, 2016, members of the Pittsburgh Penguins, including Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Carl Hagelin and Jim Rutherford presented Hockey Hall of Fame Curator Phil Pritchard with a 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championship ring. The ring is now featured in the Stanley Cup Championship Ring Display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

On the ring itself, the Penguins logo crest is custom-cut in a genuine black onyx stone with a half-carat pear-shaped diamond within the Penguin's torso. The Penguin's hockey stick features one tapered baguette diamond, and the triangle in the background of the logo is made up of 18 yellow diamonds. Thirty custom-cut princess diamonds are set in a circle around the perimeter, with an additional 15 stones set behind the logo crest.

The ring was added to the Stanley Cup Championship Ring Display which also features past Stanley Cup champions, including the first-ever Stanley Cup ring (1893) Billy Barlow (MAAA); Bill Hay's 1961 ring (CHI); Daryl "Doc" Seaman's 1989 ring (CGY) and Bob Johnson's 1991 ring (PIT). The display also contains rings from the 2007 (ANA), 2008 (DET), 2009 (PIT), 2010 (CHI), 2011 (BOS), 2012 (LA), 2013 (CHI), 2014 (LA) and 2015 (CHI) Stanley Cup Champions, which were all donated by the owners of the teams.

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Hockey Hall of Fame Personalized Tour App

Hockey Hall of Fame Personalized Tour App

The Hockey Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the launch of its Personalized Tour App for iOS and Android devices. The Tour App offers over 50 customized tours based on individual NHL teams, countries and positions, as well as a tribute to women's hockey, stories that inspire and surprise, plus scavenger hunts and games. Throughout the app, users have the ability to instantly capture and share their experience via social media and save their favourite moments during their Hall visit.

Visit Apple Store & Google Play to download.

Ron Ellis, Johnny Bower and Brendan Shanahan officially unveil the limited-time time Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial exhibit.
Ron Ellis, Johnny Bower and Brendan Shanahan officially unveil the limited-time time Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial exhibit.The limited-time Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit is an immersive tribute to 100 years of pride and passion.
The limited-time Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit is an immersive tribute to 100 years of pride and passion.

Hockey Hall of Fame Kicks Off Summer with Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit

On July 7, 2016, the Hockey Hall of Fame officially unveiled the limited-time exhibit featuring tributes honouring 100 years of the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise.

Featured items in the exhibit include Bill Barilko’s 1951 Stanley Cup winning overtime stick and puck used to score his last goal, skates worn by Johnny Bower circa 1960, the million dollar cheque from the Chicago Black Hawks for Frank Mahovlich, dated October 6, 1962 (that went uncashed), George Armstrong’s sweater from the 1967 Stanley Cup championship, the stick used by Tim Horton during game seven of the 1964 Stanley Cup final, Mats Sundin’s jersey from the final game played at Maple Leaf Gardens and much more spanning from Conn Smythe to current day.

“When Toronto’s NHL franchise took to the ice at Arena Gardens in late 1917, no one could have imagined this would become one of hockey’s most storied and recognized teams” said Ron Ellis of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and former Toronto Maple Leaf from 1964-1980.  “The Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial exhibit showcases how the franchise has remained iconic through the last century, with names like Bower, Sittler, Gilmour, Sundin and so many more who have inspired generations of fans as Leafs Nation faithful.”

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Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Champions Artifact Display Unveiled!

Now on display is an extensive exhibit dedicated to the 2016 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Artifacts include:

  • Bryan Rust’s Jersey worn during all three home games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
  • Evgeni Malkin’s Helmet worn throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Matt Murray’s Blocker & Catcher worn throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Phil Kessel’s Stick used during the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
  • Carl Hagelin’s Skates worn throughout the second half of the 2015-16 NHL regular season and playoffs.
  • Sidney Crosby’s Socks worn throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Kris Letang’s Gloves worn throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Chris Kunitz’ Stick used during the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.


The Changing Face of
Hockey - Diversity in Our
Game Exhibit Unveiled

The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to announce its newest exhibit, The Changing Face of Hockey - Diversity in Our Game. The permanent exhibit brings to light the challenges faced by marginalized people across North America in their struggle for social equality and acceptance in the great game of hockey.

The new display pays homage to the pioneers who confronted discrimination from the hockey world through their perseverance, talent, and courage. They have enriched the cultural landscape of hockey and established a tangible forum in which to fight prejudices still faced by many, both in hockey and in life.

Highlighted within the new display are four significant issues that helped shape today's game - Ethnicity in Hockey, Marginalized People in Top Level Pro Hockey, Women in Hockey and Disabled Hockey.

The Changing Face of Hockey - Diversity in Our Game promises to be an educational highlight to any school visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Stay tuned for a complete curriculum based Education Package designed to complement this exhibit.

The new display will make its permanent home within the Scotiabank Hometown Hockey Zone.

New TSN SportsCentre Experience

This exact replica of the SportsCentre studio at TSN offers Hockey Hall of Fame guests the opportunity to 'audition' and test their sports anchor skills in front of a camera. As is the case with the broadcast pods, all performances are recorded via the Cisco HHOF GameCAM Video System which allows participants to download and later share their clip online.

Click here for complete TSN/RDS Broadcast Zone information.

NHLPA Game Time

NHLPA Game Time

Experience NHLPA Game Time, the Hockey Hall of Fame's revitalized model rink attraction that incorporates elements from EA SPORTS NHL14 enabling guests to go one-on-one against life-size, animated versions of today's greatest goalies and shooters in the Shut Out and Shoot Out simulation games.

Cisco GameCAM Video System records every simulation game play so that guests can immediately download and share their Game Time experience with the world via social media.

This state-of-the-art, immersive, interactive attraction is sure to be a highlight for Hockey Hall of Fame guests of all ages.

Visit NHLPA Game Time in the Exhibit Tour

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Hockey Hall of Fame
Exclusive 3D Film Presentation
Now Playing

Stanley's Game Seven (3D) is now playing. The Hockey Hall of Fame's latest film offering is a landmark production in the world of hockey and pushes the boundaries of 3D filmmaking in the sports genre to groundbreaking levels, while offering guests an unparalleled "Experiential Hockey Attraction."

The story opens with a group of young men gathering at the local small-town rink for their once-a-week hockey game, the highlight of their lives, like it is for so many hockey enthusiasts.

Stanley's Game Seven combines a stunning mix of original live action, computer generated 3D animation, and classic archival footage of some of the most renowned playoff moments in Stanley Cup history. The 22 minute film plays at the top and half past the hour in the Hockey Hall of Fame's new TSN Theatre and is included in the price of admission.

HHOF Artifact Donation

The Hockey Hall of Fame is always looking for donations of everything hockey (any league and all levels worldwide). We have placed an emphasis on Audio and Visual material. Specifically this includes audio, film and video (including outdoor home films and video), broadcasts and interviews, photographic slides, negatives and digital photos.

All donated material will be preserved within the state of art climate controlled Photographic and Moving Pictures archive at the D.K. (Doc) Seaman Hockey Resource Centre. The Hockey Hall of Fame is committed to preserving and sharing our fabulous collection with hockey fans from all over the world. And thanks to the generous support by way of donations from families, teams, leagues and federations we have been able to achieve this goal for decades.

Click here for more information.

Award-Winning Hockey Hall of Fame Course Goes On-Line

From hockey's earliest origins to the Great One and beyond, Canada's great game is now being taught exclusively on-line. A credit course at Seneca College in Toronto, titled The Hockey Hall of Fame Presents, provides the opportunity for students across North America to participate.

The Hockey Hall of Fame and Seneca College's Faculty of Continuing Education have combined to create this landmark and award-winning on-line course, which takes a serious look at the history and evolution of the game. Each week's topics examine the cultural, social and economic impact hockey has had on Canada.

"We're excited about sharing our passion for hockey," says Hockey Hall of Fame Curator Phil Pritchard, who is one of the course's instructors along with the Editor of Publications at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Kevin Shea. "We are delighted to partner with Seneca in order to take the Hockey Hall of Fame's reputation and resources into the classroom."

For further information about on-line course, click on the site:
http://fcet.senecac.on.ca/fcet/fcet_hockey/can699# or contact Seneca College Media Relations at 416-491-5050 ext. 2656.

Hockey Hall of Fame Spot Wins International Award

View the Hockey Hall of Fame's "Hockey At Its Best" campaign including the international award-winning Cannes Lions 2012 'Bobby Bishop' spot. Details.