by Sarah Onyango
On the evening of March 9, 2017, hockey enthusiasts of all ages – some of whom were decked out in their favourite player’s jersey – converged on the Canadian Museum of History for the launch of “Hockey”, an exhibition celebrating “Canada’s national sport”. The opening ceremonies featured local entertainers, two sports icons and various officials. Following the official program, guests toured the exhibition, which is filled with rare artifacts and collectors’ items, from vintage jerseys (such as the one worn by Black hockey legend and Future Aces founder Herb Carnegie), early versions of hockey equipment from the last century as well as video from seminal events in Canadian hockey history. Among the attendees were hockey historian Bob Daws and Herb Carnegie’s daughter Bernice. This exhibition was developed by the Canadian Museum of History and presented in partnership with Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex. Hockey is presented through the History Museums Network, a pan-Canadian association of institutions dedicated to preserving and sharing history. The exhibit will be in Gatineau from March 10 to October 9, 2017. For more info visit http://www.historymuseum.ca/hockey/
About the writer
Sarah Onyango is a well-known community leader and activist. She is the Community Outreach Officer for Black History Ottawa. Among her many awards are: Mathieu Da Costa Award, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Ontario Volunteer Service Award, United Way Community Builder award, and Volunteer of the Year Award.