President of the Original Hockey Hall of Fame is the featured guest on the latest episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick

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President Larry Paquette talks about the Original Hockey Hall of Fame.

While not known by many, there was a Hockey Hall of Fame before the Hockey Hall of Fame. Fortunately for hockey fans everywhere, that hall of fame still exists.

The Original Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is a hockey shrine that has an emphasis on the roots of the game. The story of how the Original Hockey Hall of Fame came to be is similar to the story of how the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY came into existence. Larry Paquette explains the long process they went through and who was the driving force behind the creation of the hall. He also explains the relationship between the Original hockey Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame located in Toronto, Ontario.

Another topic of discussion is the early rules of hockey, and just how much the game has changed since the nineteenth century. Paquette also discusses the big hockey names that have been involved with the hall over the years, including the long-time co-host of Coach’s Corner Don Cherry.

The Original Hockey Hall of Fame has been in existence since 1943, and has built up a collection unique artifacts that won’t be found anywhere else. For instance the hall has what is believed to be one of the first pucks ever used (it looks nothing like a modern day puck), as well one of the first sticks ever used, hockeys oldest known sweater (jersey), trophies, and much more.

The oldest known hockey puck (circa 1886) on display at the Original Hockey Hall of Fame. Photo credit: Original Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Original Hockey Hall of Fame is currently open by appointment only. For more information about the Original Hall of Fame and to take a virtual tour, visit https://originalhockeyhalloffame.com.

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