The Bushplane Museum officially dropped the puck on its’ Hockey Museum on Saturday afternoon, coinciding with National Hockey Day in Canada.
This travelling exhibit comes from the Canadian Museum of History, located in Gatineau, Que., and will be at the Bushplane Museum until March 29.
The CMOH loaned a series of graphic panels with archives that they’ve photographed from over 100 years of hockey history and local organizations and donors, such as the Soo Greyhounds, the Sault Ste. Marie Museum and local collectors, have contributed pieces into the museum as well.
“We have a national and a local exhibit all together in one,” BPM Executive Director Dan Ingram said,
“It’s all around hockey and Sault Ste. Marie is a hockey town, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to give the locals a reason to come to the Bushplane Museum.”
Ingram said they approached the CMOH inquiring about this exhibit and thought the timing of it’s availability fit in with the lull in activity at the museum this time of year.
“We thought Feb. and March, which are quieter times for tourism in our museum, was the perfect opportunity to bring something in that would hopefully attract the locals and increase our attendance through a quieter time of the year,” he explained.
Ingram said he thinks this exhibit is a good way to not only bring back memories from the local aspect, but also to showcase some of the national artifacts and some of the ways the game of hockey has changed over the years.
“It’s bringing back so many memories (even) for myself,” he said.
“I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, my parents billeted Greyhounds, we played street hockey with Greyhounds when we were growing up…this brings so many memories….It’s (also) just a great opportunity to share our passion for hockey as staff here with our community. Sault Ste. Marie is a great hockey city, and what better thing to do then bring them in a hockey exhibit that showcases that.”
The Bushplane Museum will be open until 10 p.m. Saturday night and will be airing national hockey programming as part of National Hockey Day in Canada.
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