Winnipeg's Getting An Epic Hockey Exhibit This Summer

For many Winnipeggers, hockey is so much more than just a sport. It has shaped our city’s history, defined our personal identities and built our local community.

This summer, we’ll have one more way to celebrate our city’s favourite game.

Beginning July 6, the Manitoba Museum will host Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion. Developed by the Canadian Museum of History, the exhibit premiered in Gatineau and details the evolution of the sport through historic highlight reels, interactive components and one-of-a-kind artifacts.

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #sportsMW! This jersey, worn by hockey legend Maurice “Rocket” Richard in 1955, will be on display in our new #CanHistoryHall, which opens in less than 2 weeks. Did you know that on March 17, 1955, some 10,000 people rioted in the streets surrounding the Montréal Forum? They were furious about the previous day’s suspension of hockey star Maurice “Rocket” Richard by National Hockey League president Clarence Campbell. Richard had fought with Boston Bruins player Hal Layco, and had also injured a referee. Montréalers, and Quebecers in general, saw the suspension as an insult at the hands of a league dominated by English-speaking businessmen. The result was one of Canada’s worst sports riots, which subsided only after Richard appealed through the media for calm. 🏒🍁 #canadianmuseumofhistory #canadianhistory #canhistoryhall #mauricerichard #therocketrichard

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Among the 280 artifacts are iconic treasures including Jacques Plante’s revolutionary “pretzel” goalie mask, five-time Olympic medallist Hayley Wickenheiser’s skates, the Team Canada jersey worn by Paul Henderson when he scored the Summit Series-winning goal in 1972, and Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s all-star jersey and Hall of Fame and Stanley Cup rings. There will even be some of Shania Twain’s hockey-inspired stage costumes (because Canada).

Of local significance is a rare Ottawa Senators jersey worn by Nick Wasnie of Winnipeg during the team’s 1934 season and the Jets’ trio of AVCO Cup championship banners, which used to hang from the rafters in the old Winnipeg Arena.

The exhibit also shines a light on some of the game’s weightier issues, from innovations in player safety and the growth of women’s hockey to cultural politics and the power of media in the world of hockey.

Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion and Manitoba: Heart of Hockey are at the Manitoba Museum from July 6, 2018 to January 13, 2019. For more information visit the Manitoba Museum online.

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