A Couple Ducks Items In The Hof
Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:26 AM
But, last week I spent a full week in Toronto on business staying very close to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Last Friday before I headed home I was able to spend a couple hours there and saw a number of Ducks items on display. I snapped some photos I'll try to post somewhere later, but thought you all might be interested in a couple things.
First off, just inside the entrance there is a display to some of the biggest names to ever play the game. (A bit more on this later).
But, in the first display case they have some rings from the past decade including one from our cup year with a nice display box....of course it's beside one from the Wings....but, hey..at least it's there.
There was a case for each division and in the Pacific Division case they had Teemu's jersey from the game in Sweden last year. (That seems like a million years ago now.)
In another section they had another area with a team by team run down that featured both our jersey and one from the Chops (weirdly, not the Crunch?) Along with those were various gloves, sticks and a large photo of Getz.
Teemu and Saku both had jerseys displayed in the Finland display and there was a Neidermayer jersey in a case that was a salute to "Triple Gold" winners.
Lastly, there was one of the infamous "Wing Wing breaking through the ice" jerseys in a display that featured a whole bunch of odd and interesting jerseys....(Seals, KC Scouts, old Kings with the crown...that sort of stuff).
Up in the trophy room I made a point to seek out our team on the cup, as well as Neidermayer on the Smythe and Perry on the Hart & the Richard.
Obviously, there is a lot more to see beyond Ducks items...
Jim Craig's pads from the Miracle on Ice, The net Crosby scored into in Vancouver, a recreation that you could walk in of the Canadian's dressing room from the Montreal Forum, jerseys from pretty much every county (Thailand, Mexico, etc....) I could have spent a lot more time wandering of course. I tried to at least see the highlights in the time I had.
It was also the Friday of HOF induction weekend, so there was a lot of buzz. Right before I left I had the most amazing thing happen. I was up in the trophy room and I heard the employees say that "the press conference had ended, and he might be heading out soon." I asked who, and they said that Bobby Orr had just done a press conference and was in the building. I walked downstairs after chatting with the two guys for a few minutes to the main floor, knowing that I had to leave soon to catch my car to the airport.
I exited the stairs and turned towards that main display area....and Bobby Orr was standing right in front of me, back turned...looking at his own display with a small group of people escorting him.
Bobby Orr....five feet away...Looking at his own stick, gloves and memorabilia. I was too stunned to even turn my camera on. I just stood there a second and then he headed away with his guide and a photographer around a corner to a staff elevator door....
I mean most people get to see "stuff" at the HOF that records careers....I got to see one of the actual greats standing right there in front of me. It's still a little surreal to wrap my head around.
So, as frustrated as I am about the lockout, I still had a pretty awesome hockey related experience on Friday.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:31 PM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:25 AM
Photos would be kindly appreciated; I'd give my favorite possessions to go to TOR, especially for the Hall.
I uploaded some last night to Flickr, here's a link:
(Weird, the link is there. But not visible until you mouse over it? I'll try to fix that later, not used to posting links or photos here.)
Edited by TheBigJT, 14 November 2012 - 10:27 AM.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:56 PM
don't worry take your time as log as we see it then I am sure it will give us a great way to see Ducks History in Hockey's greatest shrine.
The link is there, it's under the top sentence.
Not sure why it's invisible, but if you scroll your mouse over the spot...it appears...very weird?
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:58 PM
One of the Ducks jerseys on display was a 2007 #3..was there even a number 3? The only recent player I remember wearing that was Lilja and that was 2010-2011?
Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:25 AM
Sounds like a awesome trip. I've been to the HOF there twice, but both times before the Ducks won in 2007. Need to go again.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:26 AM
Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:11 AM
It's still a bit surreal even a week later.