During September 1972, in a historic tournament of incredible national magnitude, Team Canada faced the Soviets in an eight-game series. It was a defining moment in Canadian sport, as Paul Henderson's goal late in the final contest on September 28, 1972 gave Canada a victory that resonated from Victoria to St. John's. Team Canada was named 'Team of the Century' in a 1999 poll conducted by Canadian Press. To commemorate this outstanding achievement, the Royal Canadian Mint sponsored the Team Canada '72 Millennium Tribute monument which was officially unveiled on November 10, 2000 and is located outside along the south side of the Hockey Hall of Fame on Front Street.
Roughly a half dozen steps away from the “Team Canada 72 Millennium Tribute” is a scene depicting excited young hockey players climbing over the boards ready for action. Commissioned by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993, the artist, Edie Parker from Oakville Ontario, created a work titled 'Our Game' that was inspired by an early 1970s magazine advertisement. If the CN Tower is the most photographed icon in Toronto, then this 17-foot Our Game bronze statue is surely a close second.
Guarding the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Spirit of Hockey store entrance in Sam Pollock Square is the larger-than-life 'At The Crease' statue honouring the iconic painting of the same name by renowned Canadian artist Ken Danby. The 1972 painting depicts a masked hockey goalie hunched in the crease like a warrior and as Danby himself described, “was never intended to represent a particular player but simply the personification of a goalie.”
As you approach the Hockey Hall of Fame’s admission area on the concourse level of Brookfield Place, you are greeted by a nearly nine-foot-tall statue of the incomparable 'Mr. Hockey', namely, Gordie Howe. Throughout his legendary career, Honoured Member Gordie Howe looked out for his teammates, and now, the 'Mr. Hockey' statue watches over visitors entering the Hall of Fame.