You and your brother are on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of Toronto .
Your grandparents are going to meet you at Brookfield Place , which just isn’t any old mall in the city , it’s also the home of the Hockey Hall of Fame .
This is the place where anyone who considers themselves a hockey fan should visit at least once if not twice if you happen to be doing your own 30 Plus Teams Tour of Toronto .
Your grandparents are standing in front of The Hockey Hall of Fame Store , which is called ” The Spirit of Hockey . ”
Right in front of the store is a life size figure of a hockey goalie .
You and your grandmother want to channel your inner fashion models and take lots of pictures in front of the statue .
Your grandfather is more than happy to oblige , taking picture after picture of the two of you .
Your brother isn’t a happy camper , though .
Inside the store there’s a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey jersey that he’s sure has his name on it .
He doesn’t have time for all these pictures , he wants to go into the store .
As the four of you walk into the store , the two of you are mesmerized by all the hockey related items in this store .
There’s not only every type of clothing for all 30 hockey teams , but mugs , pictures , posters , hockey cards , laptop covers , iPhone covers , notebooks and everything else with any body’s favorite or not so favorite team splashed over it .
Your grandparents are looking at Toronto Maple Leafs caps and jerseys .
Your grandmother even wants to look at the section for women only hockey apparel .
Your grandfather wants to see if his jersey that he’s thinking of buying , fits him .
There’s no dressing rooms in the store , but that isn’t stopping your grandfather from trying on the jersey .
He’s not the only one doing this either .
Since the game that you all are going to is against Pittsburgh , you and your brother both brought your jerseys with you .
But since you can never have enough hockey outfits , your brother is going to buy another one .
You don’t want another jersey , but you’re looking long and hard at the mugs , laptop covers , and while you’re at it , that black and yellow Penguins shirt that you saw in the women’s hockey section looks pretty good right about now .
When you all have made your purchases , it was time to go downstairs and visit the Hockey Hall of Fame .
Since you purchased tickets over the Internet for everyone , the cashier scans your ticket , stamps all of your hands and tells you that the stamp allows you to leave and come back later the same day .
No way are any of you leaving to come back later in the day .
No matter how long it takes the four of you to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame , you’re not leaving and coming back .
When you all enter the building , you see an exhibit on players who have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame .
Your grandparents , who lived in Toronto at one time , are fascinated by the exhibit that’s supposed to represent an actual hockey dressing room .
There’s also a hands-on exhibit of sitting in one of the seats in the old arena of the Toronto team , Maple Leaf Gardens .
This brings back memories of going to games in Toronto for your grandparents .
This is all very nice to you and your brother , but the two of you came here to see something else .
You all want to see the room that is one of the most popular exhibits at the Hockey Hall of Fame , it’s called “The Great Hall . ”
In this room are the trophies given to hockey players and teams over the the years for outstanding play .
You and your brother recognized the trophies for Rookie of the Year , Best Goaltender , and Coach of the Year .
These aren’t the trophies you want to see though .
Right in the middle of the room is the trophy that you all came to see .
It’s the trophy that every hockey player dreams of holding and every hockey fan wants to touch .
It’s the Stanley Cup and you and your brother are in awe when you see it .
The four of you aren’t the only ones waiting to see it .
There’s a big long line of people waiting to do the same thing that the four of you are waiting for .
When it’s finally your turn , you and your brother are like a couple of children instead of the college graduates that you are , rushing up to the trophy just to see the names printed on it .
Your grandparents are right behind you and your grandmother rubs her fingers over the trophy ever so gently .
Once again , your grandfather is taking a lot of pictures to send to your other relatives back in New Jersey and Trinidad . He’s also going to take pictures of the four of you back at your hotel before the four of you goto the game later in the evening .
But that’s later on .
Right now , your grandfather is looking at the exhibit on the 1980 United States Olympic Team .
That’s the one known as ” The Miracle on Ice . ”
As the four of you leave the Hockey Hall of Fame , you and your brother both agree that this was the best day of your 30 Plus Teams Tour of Toronto .