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Canadiens' HOF Opens With 100 Years Of Memorabilia On Display

Canadiens' New HOF Opened Its Doors 
Saturday At The Bell Centre
The Canadiens' new HOF opened on Saturday at the Bell Centre, and team President Pierre Boivin "called it the 'icing on the cake' of the team's 100th anniversary celebrations," according to Bill Beacon of the CP. Visitors "enter into a space with a floor painted to look like centre ice at the old Montreal Forum, with a dome overhead covered in pictures of the 54 players and builders the team has sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame." Down some stairs is a "wall done up like the old Forum's Atwater Street facade, but in front are life-size mannequins of current Canadiens players celebrating a goal." The net in the display is the "one used for the final game at the Forum in 1996." There also is a "replica of the Canadiens dressing room from its dynasty days in the 1970s." Many of the "rare artifacts came from Montreal collector Allan Rubin, including hundreds of hockey cards in pristine condition, some going back to the Canadiens first season in 1909-10." Former players "donated other pieces." Tickets to the HOF cost C$10 for adults and C$7 for children and seniors, while "fans with a ticket for that night's game get in for" C$5 (CP, 1/15). In Montreal, Dave Stubbs noted fans will "find touch-screen tours, audio-video loops and an interactive multimedia display." In addition, "almost endless are the items culled from the Canadiens' vault and those loaned by private collectors and borrowed" from the Hockey HOF in Toronto (Montreal GAZETTE, 1/16).

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