Hockey Hall of Fame in TorontoHockey Hall of Fame in TorontoSource: Profimedia

Hockey Hall of Fame (Canada)

An unattainable role model and sanctuary for all (and not only) overseas hockey fans. The Hall of Fame in Toronto, with an exhibition area of ​​5,600 square meters, welcomes over 300,000 visitors every year. It was founded in the 1940s and moved many times. Since 1993, it has been located in the center of Canada’s largest city in the historic building of a former bank.

Ceremonial opening of the Czech Hockey Hall of Fame.  Alois Hadamczik, Dominik Hašek, Bedřich Ščerban, Jiří Šlégr, Jiří Kučera and Jan

Look: Czech hockey has a new hall of fame. Hašek was also present at the opener

So far, 299 former players, 115 officials and coaches and sixteen referees have been inducted into the overseas Hall of Fame. The first honored Czech was Dominik Hašek in 2014, followed five years later by Václav Nedomanský. Patrik Eliáš and especially Jaromír Jágr will surely join them in the foreseeable future – but he will have to end his career first. Slovaks have among hockey “immortals” Peter Šťastný and Marián Hossa.

There is probably no point in describing what can be seen in the endless display cases of this shrine, starting with the original Stanley Cup and ending with Sidney Crosby’s laundry bag. But some oddities are simply necessary to mention. For example, the hot sauce that Dominik Hašek lent his face to in the 1990s, as well as the peanut butter pixel with the face of Jaromir Jágr (the legendary striker is said to have promoted this snack in Pittsburgh, saying that it “helped him with his groin injury”).

Admission: $25, seniors $20, children under 14 $15, under three free.

Dominik Hašek and Robert Reichel were also inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.Dominik Hašek and Robert Reichel were also inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.Source: Profimedia

IIHF Hall of Fame

It might be a bit odd, but the International Hockey Hall of Fame is based in Toronto as part of the larger NHL collections. It covers 560 square meters and on display are various artifacts related to the history of Olympic tournaments, world championships, Canada Cups, the legendary Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, and other events.

Hall of Fame and Spengler Cup logo

The new Hockey Hall of Fame logo? Fans are struck by the similarity with the Spengler Cup emblem

The predecessor of this exhibition was the International Hall of Fame, which was created in the early 1990s in rather indecent conditions in Kingston, Canada, and after its demise in 1997, the IIHF Federation finally took the plunge and founded its own institution. By last year, 245 people were inducted into it, including twenty-three former Czech players and coaches.

There is also an ice hockey hall of fame in Finland.There is also an ice hockey hall of fame in Finland.Source: Wikimedia Commons/Piquito, CC BY-SA 4.0

Suomen Jääkiekkomuseo (Finland)

The Finns founded their hockey Hall of Fame back in 1979. It is housed in small but carefully furnished premises in a former factory building in Tampere, which it shares with eight other museums. Until last year, 274 former hockey players were inducted into the Hall of Fame, including the biggest legends such as Jari Kurri, Teemu Selänne and Saku Koivu.

Another Prague bronze.  How the Czechs destroyed the howling Germans

Another Prague bronze. How hockey players destroyed the howling Germans in 1938

And beware, in the long list of mainly Finnish names we also find two Czechs. The presence of Otakar Janecký, who became a legend of Jokerit Helsinki in the 90s and is still the second most productive foreign player in the Finnish league, will not be surprising. The second honoree is Augustin “Gustav” Bubník, who led the national team in the country of a thousand lakes in the second half of the 1960s and significantly contributed to its performance rise. After all, it was under Bubník’s leadership that the Finns defeated Czechoslovakia for the first time at the World Cup.

Admission: 15 euros, pensioners and unemployed 10 euros, children and students 7 euros, children under 7 and Finnish war veterans free.

World Junior Hockey Championship, Czech Republic - SwedenThe Swedish Hockey Hall of Fame does not have its own physical premises.Source: ČTK / AP / Darren Calabrese

Svensk ishockeys Hall of Fame (Sweden)

In Sweden, they started to establish an institution celebrating the history of the country’s hockey and its most important representatives only in 2011, i.e. even later than the Czechs. The interesting thing is that the selection of honored former players or coaches is not only decided by the committee designated for this purpose, but fans can also participate in part by voting. The Swedish Hall of Fame does not have its own physical premises, but for example in the famous Globen hall in Stockholm (officially called Avicii Arena) you can find, among other things, an exhibition about the history of hockey.

The Eishockeymuseum Hall of Fame Deutschland has several showcases in Augsburg.The Eishockeymuseum Hall of Fame Deutschland has several showcases in Augsburg.Source: Wikimedia Commons/Roosterfan, CC BY-SA 3.0

Eishockeymuseum Hall of Fame Deutschland (Germany)

The German case also shows that building a stone Hall of Fame is not a matter of course. The German institution was founded in 1988 and has long operated a hockey museum in Augsburg. But in 2014, she ended up working there, and since then she has been looking for funds to open a new museum. For now, he has at least a few modest showcases at Augsburg’s winter stadium.

The Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame was reopened last December.The Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame was reopened last December.Source: Profimedia

Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame (Slovakia)

In Slovakia, they founded the Hall of Fame in 2002 on a wave of euphoria after winning the historic title of world champions. This also corresponded to the fact that the permanent exhibition was created right at Bratislava Castle. But as time went on, the goals became more modest. The exhibition moved to Bojnice and then to other places, for a while it even disappeared completely. Since last December, it has been operating on a modest scale at the Ondrej Nepela Stadium in Bratislava.