The Hockey Hall of Fame
(Temple de la renommée du hockey
) is located in Toronto
. Dedicated to the history
of ice hockey
, it is both a museum and a hall of fame
. It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League
(NHL) records, memorabilia and NHL trophies
, including the Stanley Cup
. Originally in Kingston, Ontario
, the Hockey Hall of Fame was first established in 1943 under the leadership of James T. Sutherland
. The first class of honoured members was inducted in 1945, before the Hall of Fame had a permanent location. It moved to Toronto in 1958 after the NHL withdrew its support for the Kingston location. Its first permanent building opened at Exhibition Place
in 1961. In the '90s, the Hall began outgrowing its location and was relocated to a former Bank of Montreal
building in downtown Toronto in 1993, where it is presently located.
An 18-person committee of players, coaches and others meets annually in June to select new honourees, who are inducted as players, builders or on-ice officials. The builders' category includes coaches, general managers, commentators, team owners and others who have helped build the game. As of 2008, 240 players, 97 builders and 15 on-ice officials have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.