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The Timmins Museum scores with a game-winning exhibition about hockey in Canada

Sizzling summer temperatures are no match for the passion of the good old hockey game

The temperatures in Timmins are in the mid-30s celsius, it feels like 40 degrees, but in this hockey obsessed town the Timmins Museum will open a month long hockey exhibit on Canada’s national pastime and the impact hockey has had on the lives of Canadians.

The Timmins Museum is celebrating Canada’s game with a one-of-a-kind travelling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History, titled Hockey, which opens July 12 and runs until August 31st, 2018.

“Timmins has a rich hockey heritage and this exhibition will help us celebrate that important part of our culture. We are pleased to see this exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History in our gallery – they are always an excellent partner !” said Karen Bachmann, Director/Curator of the Timmins Museum.

The exhibit looks at how hockey has influenced the lives of Canadians, and what that reveals about the Canadian character.

From Paul Henderson’s winning goal for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series to Manon Rhéaume’s debut as the first female hockey player as an NHL goalie to Sheldon Kennedy’s advocacy on behalf of sexual abuse victims, Hockey revisits game-changing moments and players.

Team Canada Jersey worn by Paul Henderson during the 1972 Canada-Russia Series. Photo courtesy of Canadian Museum of History

This one-of-a-kind travelling exhibition offers visitors an exciting interactive experience showcasing high points in the sport from both yesterday and today. The exhibition explores the importance and influence of hockey over the past 100 years, and brings the history of the sport to life through profiles of participants at both the professional and amateur levels.

The exhibit consists of a series of graphic panels using photographs and reproductions of key artifacts, memorabilia and works of art.

Also included are audio archives and an audio-visual interactive where visitors can record their own running commentary of a portion of a hockey match. Listen to audio archives from hockey history and get into the game by recording your own running commentary, just like legendary sportscaster Foster Hewitt.

 It also contains panel’s on Roch Carrier’s classic story The Hockey Sweater,  Wayne Gretzky’s iconic helmet, Shania Twain’s NHL-inspired stage outfits and table top miniature hockey games.

Wayne Gretzky’s #99 Joffa hockey helmet that he wore early in his career. Photo courtesy of Canadian Museum of History.

This travelling exhibition offers visitors an interactive experience showcasing high points in the sport over the last 100 years. It explores the importance and influence of hockey in Canada and brings the history of the sport to life through profiles of players and coaches both the professional and amateur levels.

It is presented in a series of graphic panels using photographs and reproduction of key artifacts, memorabilia and works of art. Also included are audio archives and an audio-visual interactive where visitors can record their own running commentary of a portion of a hockey match.

“The Canadian Museum of History is thrilled to share Hockey with the people of Timmins,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. “Whether we hit the ice or cheer from our living rooms, hockey is more than just a game to Canadians. It has helped shape our history and our national identity from coast to coast to coast.”

Great hockey players have been featured in marketing of everything from clothing to soup. Here is an early example featuring Maurice “Rocket” Richard Tomato Soup. Photo Courtesy of the Canadian Museum of History.

Hockey is at the Timmins Museum: NEC, 325 Second Avenue, Timmins, from July 13th to August 31st, 2018.

This travelling exhibition was developed by the Canadian Museum of History. It is adapted from the major exhibition of the same name presented in 2017 at the Canadian Museum of History.

 

 

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Frank Giorno

Frank Giorno Frank Giorno lives in Timmins, Ontario. He is a graduate of York University (Honors B.A Political Science) and Ryerson School of Journalism (B.A. Journalism). Frank has worked as a city hall reporter for the Brandon Sun; freelanced for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the past editor of www.mininglifeonline.com and the newsletter of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Frank has also worked as Research Director for the Canadian Environmental Law Association; Senior Communications Advisor on Water Quality Issues for the Ministry of the Environment; Public Affairs Associate for Region of Peel Public Works; and Media Relations Officer for Toronto Public Health. In Timmins, he served as the Communications Manager for Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre/Five Nations Energy Project on Energy Conservation. He freelanced for www.timminstoday.com Frank is a published author of essays on the internment of Italian-Canadians during World War 2, “Internee 328: Camp Petawawa” co-written with James McCreath appears in “Beyond Barbed Wire” (Guernica Editions 2012). He has published four books of poetry, My Nation is a Train...Wreck (2017, Northern Voices Publications), MoPoPoMo (2016, Northern Voices Publications), “Elvis in America,” and “Arrivederci! Plastic Covered Couch ( 2006, 2008 Lyricalmyrical Press)”.

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