Found my great great uncle's name on the Stanley Cup retired rings that are in the vault, other than that I thought it was sort of bland and not worth the price of admission. The place seems more like the history of the NHL rather than a hall of fame.
I've always felt the Baseball Hall of Fame is superior to the HHOF. I guess because Baseball's is in Cooperstown and the entire town is dedicated to that shrine. You can FEEL Baseball in the air just walking down the main street. When you are inside the Baseball HOF there is a nostalgic feeling that is practically peerless. There are few places that give you that type of immersive feeling. Walking down Main Street at either one of Disneyland or Disney World (been to both) is one of them. Being in Manhattan is another one of those feelings and being in the old Yankee Stadium had that feeling too. Baseball's HOF has that feeling to it.
The HHOF sort of has it, but it's located in downtown Toronto. It is underground where a shopping mall is located and they rely more on the interactive aspect than soaking up the history. I like some of the interactive things but Baseball has none of that and its still a better HOF.
But to answer your question, it is still a must see for a hockey fan. There is enough to do there for a few hours for sure. The best part is getting a picture with the Stanley Cup, bar none. I am not superstituous so I touch the thing like it's going out of style.
The old equipment is really cool, like Hull's banana-curve stick.
Not sure if its still there, but they had a family watching a game in their living room from the 50's. The room has all of the furniture of the era and the black and white TV actual has an old game film playing. That was pretty special for me.
Actually went to the baseball HOF in September (2nd time only). I was a little disappointed they didn't have more on the negro leagues. They did have better men's rooms than the hockey HOF, though.
The very old jerseys ! Like the Wanderers, old Senators, Maroons, Seattle. It's also special to see the original Stanley cup from the 1890's
For the Canadiens stock, the more impressive pieces are at the Canadiens Hall of Fame in Montreal (Joliat's hat, Morenz's jersey, Vezina's stick and skates, 1912 jersey etc.)
Apparently they've rebuilt an entire dressing room from some vintage era of the Mtl Canadiens. Has anyone else seen that?
Yeah, its not all that great though. I mean, they have some of the important parts right (pics of all the HHOF's, and the part of In Flanders Fields), but the jersey's are new, as is the equipment. They could do a better job IMO.