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Montreal, That’s Hockey

Montreal, Tuesday, March 12, 1996 — Today, on March 12, 1996, the exhibition Montreal, That’s Hockey was officially opened at the McCord Museum, in the presence of Jean Béliveau, hockey legend and veteran of the Canadiens dynasty, and Scotty Morrison, Referee-in-Chief of the NHL and President of the Hockey Hall of Fame. This major exhibition, which was mounted by the McCord and runs until April 1, 1997, tells the 120-year story of this winter sport. “We are very proud that these two hockey greats are with us today to relive some of hockey’s finest moments and join with us in this marvelous celebration,” said Claude Benoit, Executive Director of the Museum.

Five of the McCord’s galleries are devoted to exploring this fascinating history. The first focuses on the origins of hockey and its ancestors: lacrosse, rugby, bandy, shinny and hurling. The second gallery presents an impressive array of pucks, sticks, skates, masks and helmets, all of which help to illustrate how the sport has changed between 1875, when it started, and today. Visitors will also get the chance in this room to try on uniforms worn today by professional goalies and players. The third exhibition gallery — hung with 42 banners representing the Stanley Cups won by Montreal teams — uses three “periods” to tell the story of the various leagues, Montreal’s teams, the most famous arenas, the rules, and the gradual internationalization of hockey following its first inclusion in the Olympic Games in 1924. The fourth gallery highlights the extraordinary enthusiasm felt by both players and fans — the passion that the media have enabled Montrealers to share and that they continue to nourish — by following the action on the ice, in the stands, in living-rooms and on St. Catherine Street. Finally, the fifth gallery is a tribute to those who have kept the story alive by preserving and lending the objects on view in the exhibition. In its quest for objects, the McCord also benefited from valuable cooperation of two vital partners: the Club de hockey Canadien and the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

To complement the exhibition, the McCord Museum has designed an action-packed activities program that will include a glimpse of the Stanley Cup and talks by players, referees and hockey legends of all colours. And there’s more! Thanks to support from Trizec, the biggest owner of commercial real estate in Montreal, the exhibition Montreal, That’s Hockey will be spreading beyond the Museum’s walls. Three prestigious downtown buildings — Place Ville Marie, 1000 de la Gauchetière and 2020 University — will be making sure that Hockey Hits the Town by offering an exciting extension to the exhibition, accessible via the city’s underground network, which will give everyone the opportunity to come and test their scoring and saving skills.

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Wanda Palma
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