WINNIPEG - The Blake Wheeler contract wasn't the only big news of the day in the city of Winnipeg on Tuesday.
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame announced a new location on the second floor of Bell MTS Iceplex. This is the third home for the Hall of Fame, which first opened in 1967.
"We are very thankful to True North Sports + Entertainment's Mark Chipman, John Olfert and Monte Miller for the donation of space that will allow more fans to view Manitoba's hockey history," said Manitoba Hall of Fame President Don Kuryk. "We have a home now for our memorabilia."
The entire Hall of Fame and Museum collection is now available for viewing in a new display featuring Hall of Fame plaques, museum artifacts and interactive digital displays.
As fans walk around, they can check out legendary players, builders, media, officials, and teams, as well as a Wall of Champions.
"What you have here is the history of hockey," said Kuryk. "It's the opportunity for young and old to go back and view the beginning and see what it was all about. There are a number of artifacts here that are from the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, True North, and also from Sport Manitoba."
Kuryk likes the new interactive display.
"It makes me feel proud that we have worked toward a goal to keep the history together," added Kuryk. "The interactive (display), you press a few buttons and you can look up a favourite hockey player or a builder or so on. Hockey is more than just the players. You have to think of the roots of hockey."