Winnipeg, MB (December 5, 2017): For millions of Canadians, hockey means everything. Hockey brings us together. It thrills us. It’s part of our identity, our shared history. It’s a passion handed down from generation to generation, a recreational activity, and a commercial enterprise.
The puck drops on Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion at the Manitoba Museum on July 6, 2018. This exhibition, developed by the Canadian Museum of History and where it premiered, March 10 to October 9, 2017, details the evolution of the sport through historic highlight reels, interactive components and one-of-a-kind artifacts. Visitors will find themselves in the places where Canadians live and breathe hockey: from dressing room to press-box, rink to corporate boardroom, players’ bench to backyard game. They will come to understand why hockey holds such a significant place in the hearts of Canadians.
“Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion tells the story of the game’s roots and its central role in Canadian communities and popular culture,” says Claudette Leclerc, Executive Director and CEO of the Manitoba Museum. “This exhibition will appeal to visitors from all walks of life – from the hockey fanatic, to the families who live the game, to the person who simply wants to know how this sport came to embody the Canadian spirit – there is something in the show for everyone!”
This unique travelling exhibition offers visitors an exciting interactive experience showcasing hockey from both yesterday and today. Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion looks back over the past 100 years and earlier, and brings the history of the game to life through profiles of those who live and love it, both the professionals and amateurs. The exhibition will immerse visitors in an engaging experience as they stickhandle their way through the many aspects of hockey.
The Manitoba Museum “drafted” Candace Hogue as guest curator for the show. Hogue brings a multitude of skills as an exhibit planner, designer and programmer, and has curated numerous exhibitions including Hockey History in Manitoba, 100 Hockey Moments, and 60 Years of Pro Hockey. Hogue will curate a mini-exhibition on Hockey in Manitoba and serve as spokesperson.
“Canadians love of hockey could be explained by the fact that it is a winter sport, or because it has been played from east to west, north to south, in both rural and urban communities for generations. People of all ages, all genders, all ethnicities, and abilities play this game,” says exhibition curator, Candace Hogue. “Hockey unites this country in a way that few things do, and I’m excited to share the stories behind the passion of hockey with the people of Manitoba.”
Artifacts featured in the Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion are sure-fire crowd-pleasers. They include Jacques Plante’s revolutionary “pretzel” goalie mask; five-time Olympic medallist Hayley Wickenheiser’s skates and Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s All-Star jersey and Hall of Fame and Stanley Cup rings. But these treasures carry weightier messages as well, about innovations in player safety, the growth of women’s hockey, cultural politics and the power of media in the world of hockey.
Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion runs from July 6, 2018 to January 13, 2019 in Alloway Hall.
An exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History.
An initiative from the History Museum Network.