IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT HOCKEY IN THE TRUE NORTH – TORONTO , CANADA – VISITING THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME .

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 .

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