In 1972, millions of Canadians watched two guys from Timmins, two from Sault Ste. Marie, one from Smooth Rock Falls and one from Kirkland Lake help Team Canada win against the powerful Russian Team.

This year, 17,000 kids in Northern Ontario are practising for their turn. This centre tells the story of hockey in the north and the players that fulfilled their dreams in the NHL.

The building, designed by Mr. Ellis to look similar to a modern day scaled down arena, houses activities such as an interactive/participatory experience called the ‘Fun Zone’, a chance to ‘virtually’ interview your hockey heroes, exhibits detailing the contributions of northern players in the NHL, future stars, regional exhibits highlighting the local teams that feed the pro leagues, as well as other interactive exhibits. Of note is that the same design team of david ELLIS architect and Bronskill & Co., exhibit designers, have been selected to design the north’s newest interpretative centre, the Alternative Energy Science Centre.