5 Places All Hockey Fans Must See
Hockey is a sport that is full of tradition and history. That being said, there are a large number of places that any true hockey fan needs to visit. These are the places that any fan would have on their bucket list to do before they die. Some of these places make perfect sense, while others just have a special place in hockey history.
Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto
It is a must that if you want to be taken back to the days of Gordie Howe or Wayne Gretzkey, that you visit the Hall of Fame. Here you can see exhibits that reflect the rich history of Hockey as well as some of the players that made a name in this sport. Beyond the chance to see memorabilia from days long gone, you can test your skills in a number of the exhibits that have been created for the fan. There is even a recreation of the Montreal Canadians locker room. If you call yourself a hockey fan, you must visit here at least once.
Lake Placid Olympic Center, Lake Placid, New York
Here is the mecca of the hockey world. It is here that the Miracle on Ice took place. Ever since that day, very few things have changed as even the wooden bleachers from that day still remain. Even the scoreboard from that day still is in place at center ice. Here you can see some of the memorabilia from that day in hockey and feel close visiting a place where a bunch of underdogs came back and created one of the lasting memories in all of hockey.
The Belle Centre, Montreal, Canada
This is an arena that will never live up to the grandness of the Forum, but it is still a hallowed place to watch some of the best hockey that Montreal has to offer. The atmosphere is second to none and no matter who is in town to play, there is not a seat that is empty. This is the one place in Canada that offers true edge of your seat hockey excitement.
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
The “Joe” as it is often referred to as, is an iconic hockey arena that since 1979, has seen some of the best hockey that the Detroit Red Wings have to offer. The arena has seen a number of banners raised celebrating all the titles and accomplishments that the Red Wings have attained.
Madison Square Garden, New York
Madison Square Garden, MSG, or simply the Garden, any of these names fits one of the most iconic arenas in the world. Home to the New York Rangers, The Garden has provided hockey fans of the Rangers some of the most exciting and thrilling moments in Rangers history. If you are in the New York area, then you must add MSG to your places to visit.
These are a few of the places that a die-hard hockey fan will want and need to make sure that they visit. If you only get to one or two of these places, the important thing is that you can say you went and experienced a piece of one of the greatest sports to ever be played.