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The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1985 when the first honoured members were named and plaques were erected in their honour.


The first group of inductees was large in order to recognize the accomplishments of Manitoba players, coaches, builders and teams at the international, national, provincial and local levels for many, many years. Induction ceremonies were held on an annual or bi-annual basis through 1993. Since 1995, the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum has added to its honour roll every second year.


The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum is located on the main level of the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg. The Players Wall is just inside the main entrance in the northeast corner and the Builders Wall is in the northwest corner. A Wall of Champions for teams in the Hall of Fame is located opposite the Builders Wall. The museum also includes a tribute to Olympic gold medallists and an enclosed memorabilia area.


Until it was relocated to the new MTS Centre in late 2004, the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum was housed in the Winnipeg Arena. The Foundation also maintains a Wall of Fame photo gallery in the CanadInns Polo Park In Winnipeg.

In 2011, a permanent exhibit from the Hall of Fame collection was placed on the second floor of the MTS Iceplex just west of Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway.

The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame gratefully acknowledges True North Sports and Entertainment and  CanadInns for their support.




The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that the first winner of an Ed Sweeney Memorial Award is Randy Turner, for his book Back In The Bigs.

Turner's book is carefully researched, clearly written, and beautifully illustrated. It celebrates the return of NHL hockey to Winnipeg in 2011, and also outlines the histories of all the professional hockey teams that have played in Winnipeg since the WHA Jets were established in 1972.

The Ed Sweeney Memorial Awards were established by the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014 to recognize publications (books, magazine articles, etc.) or production (films, plays, radio or television programs, etc.) that contribute significantly to awareness of Manitoba's hockey history. They are presented in memory of the late Ed Sweeney, a former Director of the Hall of Fame who worked tirelessly to collect artifacts and stories connected to Manitoba's hockey past. Information on the awards can be found on the website of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame at http://www.mbhockeyhalloffame.ca/news/index.html

Congratulations to Randy Turner on a terrific book.

The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Welcomes Nominations from the Public

The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes nominations for induction from the public on an ongoing basis. Categories for nomination are player, builder, official, media and team. In order for candidates to be considered for induction in 2017 a signed and completed nomination form must be received at the Hall of Fame office, 652 Foxgrove Ave, Winnipeg  MB R2E 0A7 by Dec. 15, 2016. A nomination form with guidelines for nomination is available for downloading on the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame website:  http://www.mbhockeyhalloffame.ca/mhhof_nomination.html. If a print copy is required, contact the Hall of Fame at 1-204-803-3144.
Any questions in regard to the nomination procedure should be directed to independent selection committee chair Jordy Douglas at 1-204-661-6777.

Download the nomination forms here
If you require a printed copy, contact the Hall of Fame @ 204-803-3144.

Note: In order for the candidate to be considered for induction in 2017, the signed and completed nomination form must be received at the Hall of Fame office, 652 Foxgrove Avenue. Winnipeg MB R2E 0A7 by December 15, 2016.



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Hockey on the Prairies turns 125 ...

In February, 1890 the Winnipeg public took notice through newspaper reports of a group of hockey regulars playing the Eastern game of hockey. It seemed the rough nature of the matches required ambulances to wait outside.
Interest slowly grew among young males and the formation of a hockey league took shape. On November 3, 1890, at the instigation of Jack Armytage the Victoria Hockey Club was formed. The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the new club was going to “go into the sport for all they are worth.”
A short time later Fred W. Ashe formed “The Winnipegs” followed by a third hockey club, organized by the Royal Canadian Dragoons, simply named “Fort Osborne”.
On December 20, 1890, the first recorded hockey game in Western Canada was played between the Winnipeg Victorias and the Winnipegs at the downtown outdoor Winnipeg Railway Rink located on Main Street. A sparse crowd paid 15 cents each to watch the Victorias post a 4-1 victory over the Winnipegs.
The match would launch hockey into the public eye and grip the Canadian prairies like no other sport.
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to partner with Hockey Manitoba, with the generous support of the Province of Manitoba Heritage Grants program, to produce HOCKEY – MANITOBA STYLE. An entertaining and informative look at the beginnings of hockey in Manitoba … view


Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Class of 2015 Inducted


WINNIPEG—On Saturday, October 3, 2015 the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame inducted the 2015 nominees.  These Inductees join an esteemed group of Manitobans in the Hall who represent excellence in hockey as players, builders, officials, media and teams.
“All of these inductees were nominated by fellow players, coaches, administrators, other members of the hockey community and individuals outside of the hockey community.  All of them have made contributions to hockey regionally, nationally and internationally. A peer jury made the final selections for inclusion in the Hall of Fame,” said Jordy Douglas, Vice-President of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

The 2015 Inductees are:

  • Cam Connor played junior in Winnipeg and Flin Flon, in the WHA before being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. He is best known for scoring the winning goal in second OT for the Canadiens against the Leafs on April 21, 1979.
  • Sheldon Kennedy of Elkhorn had a spectacular Junior career, winning a World Junior title and a Memorial Cup a year later. He was a WHL all-star before joining the NHL ranks. Sheldon is now better known for his off-ice work as an advocate for victims of abuse.
  • Curt Ridley, goaltender, born in Minnedosa, joined the Boston Bruins AHL team after a successful Junior career in Manitoba. He played for the Rangers and the Canucks and in the AHL, but is best known as the only goaltender to shut out a touring Soviet Union when the Canucks beat Moscow Spartak.
  • “Cully” Wilson played in the Icelandic league in Winnipeg before his speed and style got him noticed by the National Hockey Association in 1912. Cully played across North America as the professional game was developed. He was a founding member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1926.

  • Al Hares coached in Selkirk for over 33 years, including for the Steelers Junior club which he led to three Turnbull Cups and one Anavet Cup. On the side  “Mr. Hockey” coached the Junior B Fishermen to seven league titles.
  • Andy Murray of Gladstone began coaching at 25 and by 30 was head coach at Brandon U. After a stint in the AHL, he was an assistant in the NHL for several teams including the Winnipeg Jets before head coaching the LA Kings and St. Louis Blues. He also won three gold medals as coach for the Canadian National team.
  • John Paddock was born in Oak River and played Junior with the Wheat Kings before moving up to the NHL where he played with Washington and Philadelphia. He is remembered for scoring the Game 6 tying goal in the Stanley Cup final between the Flyers and Islanders. As a NHL and AHL coach he has taken teams to play-off appearances and championship finals, winning two Calder Cups.
  • Dianne Woods established and developed the female hockey program in Manitoba. Until her untimely death in 2011, she promoted equal participation for girls and women while Executive Director of Hockey Winnipeg and also supported funding assistance for players to offset the high costs of minor hockey.

  • Gerry Varnes began officiating in the elementary and junior high leagues before moving up to the Winnipeg B Bantam League and then to the MJHL in 1957 as a referee in the two referee system. He oversaw university leagues, the Headingly jail league and games involving Father Bauer’s Canadian National team.  Gerry is praised by coaches as respectful, highly skilled and very fair.

  • Scott Oake arrived in Winnipeg in 1975 to anchor the sports desk at CBC Winnipeg’s 24 Hours. He covered all aspects of sport in Winnipeg before joining the Hockey Night in Canada broadcasting team.  Full time with HNIC since 1995-96, Scott has been co-host of the late night double header and rinkside host.

  • 1953-54 Dauphin Kings played in the Big Six Intermediate league founded in 1949. The 1953-54 team built on the success of previous years, winning the league championship on their way to the Western Canadian Championship, which they won in 6 games.
  • 1979-80 Transcona Railers were established in 1976 and quickly became a force in Junior B, winning the league championship in their second year. In 1979-80 the Railers won the league and the provincial titles and went on to win the Keystone Cup.  The team was awarded the Manitoba Order of Sport Merit medal for their winning year.
  • 1975-76 Deloraine Royals were more than a hockey team, helping to build a minor hockey system in the southwest Manitoba town after their founding in 1967. Their playing success was inspiring, with 6 league titles, and four provincial Intermediate titles between 1973-1979. The 1975-76 Deloraine Royals won the league title, the provincial championship and the Manitoba-Saskatchewan championship.

For more information please contact:
Don Kuryk, President, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Jordy Douglas, Vice-President, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame



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The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the creation of a new program of awards and grants. The new initiative will be called the Ed Sweeney Memorial Awards and Grants Program. It is named in honour of Ed Sweeney, who passed away in 2013. Sweeney was inducted into our Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005, in recognition of his tireless efforts to discover and publicize the history of hockey in Manitoba and the worldwide hockey achievements of Manitobans.

For more details, visit our news page


Manitoba's Hockey History

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