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Toronto downtown/CBD skyline, Lake Ontario, Jack Darling Memorial Park, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: 22 km from Mississauga to Toronto

6 April 2012.

Three months into my year-long journey, I’m staying with friends in Mississauga outside of Toronto, and we’re at Jack Darling Memorial Park to walk their dog in the off-leash area. It’s a united breeds of happy running canines under early-spring sun. Lake Ontario is “right there” within sight, and I’m pulled towards the water; there’s an unobstructed line of sight to the city skyline in the distance. Google Maps says it’s 22 kilometres (13.5 miles) from the lake’s edge in Mississauga to the viewing platform high on the CN Tower in Toronto.

I made the photo on 6 April 2012 with the Canon 450D, 70-300 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/500s, f/8, ISO100, 300mm focal-length (480mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8L7.

Toronto: finding religion in the Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame is the “Cathedral of Hockey”, a place where fans and followers pay their respects to the “Holy Grail”, one of the most beautiful and storied trophies in North American professional sports – the Stanley Cup.

Since 1993, the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) has resided in an old Bank of Montreal building at the northwest corner of Front Street and Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, Canada. To the uninitiated observer, it might be easy to dismiss the Hall of Fame as no more than a bunch of keepsakes collecting dust in an old building.

The HHOF is more, so much more.

Fulfilling dreams in hockey’s cathedral

For hockey, this place houses beautiful trophies, valued memories, and childhood dreams. Dreams of …

Street hockey …
Roller hockey …
Inline hockey …
Junior hockey …
Women’s hockey …
World hockey …
Tournament hockey …
Olympic hockey …

Hockey history with players and builders inducted into the Hall of Fame.

For hockey in North America, the annual National Hockey League (NHL) competition provides one of the most historical trophies in professional sports: the Stanley Cup. For many, it’s being able to lift the trophy on high, while skating around the ice as champions.

The Stanley Cup is named after Frederick Stanley (Earl of Derby), known also as Lord Stanley of Preston, who served as Canada’s sixth Governor-General between 1888 and 1893. Lord Stanley wrote:

“I have for some time been thinking, that it would be a good thing if there were a Challenge Cup, which should be held from year to year by the leading hockey club of the Dominion. There does not appear to be any such outward and visible sign of a championship at present, and considering the interest the hockey matches now elicit and the importance of having the games fairly played under generally recognised rules, I am willing to give a Cup that shall be annually held by the winning club.” (18 March 1892)

In England at the time, Stanley’s aide, Captain Colville, purchased a gold-lined silver bowl on an ebony base, which eventually became The Stanley Cup. In recognition of the championship trophy, Lord Stanley was inducted in 1945 into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in the “Builders” category.

Any one who visits the HHOF is likely to think the same thing, when childhood memories return, of dreaming about hockey, and about winning the Stanley Cup.

I found myself back in Toronto in April 2012 as part of my around-the-world journey. Since leaving in late-2001, I hadn’t been back to Toronto, a city I’d lived for 7 years. As much of a fan I was of hockey, I knew I was going back to visit the HHOF again.

The Hockey Hall of Fame is just steps away from Union Station, which provides connections to TTC metro-rail and GO Transit suburban and intercity train and additional bus services.

I made the photos on 9 April 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (XSi) and a 4th-generation iPodTouch. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

Stanley Cup, The Great Hall, Hockey Hall of Fame, Cathedral of Hockey, Toronto, Canada, fotoeins.com

The Holy Grail

The Chase for the Holy Grail

It is one of the most difficult championship tournaments to win in professional sports. After an 82-game regular season in what amounts to a seven-month “preseason qualifying tournament”, 16 of 30 teams earn places for the post-season, known as the Stanley Cup playoffs. Through further physical and mental strain, one of the 16 teams endures and wins four best-of-seven rounds; the first to win sixteen games captures the National Hockey League’s championship trophy: the Stanley Cup1.

Inside Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame, a copy of the Stanley Cup stands proud under illumination within The Great Hall.

The Tradition begins …

“I have for some time been thinking, that it would be a good thing if there were a Challenge Cup, which should be held from year to year by the leading hockey club of the Dominion. There does not appear to be any such outward and visible sign of a championship at present, and considering the interest the hockey matches now elicit and the importance of having the games fairly played under generally recognised rules, I am willing to give a Cup that shall be annually held by the winning club.”

– Lord Stanley, March 18, 1892.

An aide, Captain Colville, then in England, was instructed to purchase the gold lined silver bowl standing on an ebony base for ten guineas. This was for ever to be known simply as the Stanley Cup.

There’s little doubt the trophy is what many boys and girls from the hockey-playing world dream of holding up high …

Stanley Cup, The Great Hall, Hockey Hall of Fame, Cathedral of Hockey, Toronto, Canada, fotoeins.com


1 The team with the most points in the regular season wins the Presidents Trophy, which in the Australian/New Zealand vernacular is the “minor premiers”. The team who wins the Stanley Cup is the “major premiers”.

On a self-guided tour of The Hockey Hall of Fame, I made the photo above on 9 Apr 2012 with Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/30s, f/4.5, ISO400, 29mm focal length (46mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-1Xs.

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