July 3, 2012 ─ The Bleu-Blanc-et-Rouge. The Tricolore. The Habs. Whether you’re a diehard fan or you’re curious to know more about one of the greatest franchises in sports, take the time to visit the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame at the Bell Centre and discover the exhibition dedicated to the city’s legendary hockey team, which has taken home 24 Stanley Cups—a record that stands to this day.
Established as part of the team’s centennial celebration, the exhibition chronicles the history of the Habs since the team debuted in 1909 and continues right to the present day. Spread out over 10,000 square feet, the exhibition includes interactive elements, as well as a vast collection of memorabilia, such as photos, objects and portraits of all 54 players enshrined in the Hall. As well, stats lovers will be impressed by the long list of player records that appears on the large screen at the entrance to the museum. Kids will be delighted to touch the hockey sweaters, skates and sticks of the team’s all-time greats. And history buffs will be able to relive the greatest events in hockey history and to muse over some of the objects that helped to shape its development, such as goalie Jacques Plante’s original mask from 1959, the first of its kind to be worn by a goalie.
In short, there’s something for everyone, even for the price-sensitive fan, who will be pleased by the low admission fee, which is half off for game-night ticket holders. And for the modest sum of an additional $5.50, a visit to the Bell Centre is included. Finally, the proceeds from the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame are channeled into a fund that goes towards helping retired Canadiens’ players to meet their needs. What more could you ask for?