9 & 99: The Howe ● Gretzky Exhibition
The Hockey Hall of Fame has officially opened a 2,000 square foot exhibit that pays homage to the NHL’s most prolific goal scorers, “Mr. Hockey” and “The Great One”, titled ‘9 & 99: The Howe ● Gretzky Exhibit’. This comprehensive tribute explores, through mirrored individual displays, how each legend transcended the game for their respective generations, while highlighting the similarities in their Hall of Fame careers. The more than 150 historic artifacts hand-picked by Hall of Fame curators from the Howe and Gretzky family collections range in years from 1946’s Detroit Red Wings jacket presented to Howe as a “signing bonus” all the way to Gretzky’s final NHL game in 1999. The display also incorporates various multi-media, captivating video vignettes and rare photos.
Featured items in the exhibit include: Howe’s gloves from his first Stanley Cup (1952), Gretzky’s first pair of skates (early 1960’s), Howe 2000th point stick (1974 – 75) and Gretzky’s 2000th point puck (1990 – 91), Gretzky’s 92nd stick/puck and his stick from his 212 point season (all from 1981-82), stick and puck from Howe’s 801 NHL goal (April 6, 1980) and Gretzky’s record breaking 802 goal stick and puck (March 23, 1994), Howe’s last All-Star Jersey (1980) in which he played with Gretzky, Gretzky’s equipment from his last game (April 18, 1999) and Howe and Gretzky’s Order of Canada. Both legends had the customary three-year waiting period in the Player Category waived for immediate induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame; Howe in 1972 (he came out of retirement in 1973), and Gretzky in 1999.
“Highlighting two of the greatest hockey players of all time with this immersive display is fitting,” said Phil Pritchard, Hockey Hall of Fame Vice President, Resource Centre and Curator. “We would like to thank the Howe and Gretzky families for all of their assistance in helping us with this exhibit and preserving the history of hockey. We are excited for our guests from around the world to see these historic artifacts and to relive their magnificent careers.”
Find out more at www.hhof.com/htmlNewsPromo/promo9and99.shtml. If you're planning on visiting during March Break, check out the HHOF's special offers and extended hours at www.hhof.com/MarchBreak/marchBreak.shtml.
About the Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame (“HHOF”) was established in 1943 to honour and memorialize individuals who have brought special distinction to the game of hockey and those who made outstanding contributions to the development and advancement of hockey anywhere in the world, and to collect, research, preserve, exhibit and promote objects, images and other historical materials connected with the game at all levels. As a not-for-profit corporation and registered charity, HHOF owns and operates a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational programming from its premises at Brookfield Place, Toronto, Canada.