Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/11/12 at 07:02 AM ET
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Hockey Hall of Fame resides in this city, but in a building formerly known as the Bank of Montreal. Clues about its former tenant can be seen in the thick steel doors to a vault upstairs — in a room now known as the Great Hall.
For hockey fans, no other adjective need apply to describe this and the many other rooms in the building just off the corner of Yonge and Front Streets. Under a dome of colorful stained glass, all of hockey's major trophies sit majestically, surrounded by illuminated hand-painted portraits and biographical sketches of each of the Hall of Fame's 366 members. In the converted bank vault sits the original Stanley Cup, donated by the Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892 for the winner of what was then known as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup for the best amateur team in Canada.
The much bigger, better known version of Lord Stanley's Cup sat in the Great Hall on Saturday, getting its picture taken hundreds of times surrounded by smiling men, women and children. At a time when joy in the hockey world has been absent, thanks to the tired, ongoing soap opera known as the NHL lockout, the Cup always brings a smile to peoples' faces.
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