It seems like every community in Canada has its Hockey Heroes: The people who have made it big in Canada's official winter sport.
These heroes might be local hockey players who have brought home the Stanley Cup or who have won Olympic Gold. They might also be the coaches who have inspired us, the presenters who have entertained us, or one of the many people who have dedicated their lives to organizing leagues and introducing new players to the sport.
These people have left a lasting mark on our communities. Growing up, we heard their stories and read about their accomplishments on the walls and in the trophy cases of our local arenas.
Hockey Shrines come in many forms: Plaques, billboards, trophies, statues, signs on the highway and even museum exhibits.
They are, very possibly, a uniquely Canadian phenomenon, our way of commemorating the folks who we are most proud of. These artifacts not only tell the history of our communities, but they also teach us about the importance of hockey to Canadian culture and identity.
Hockey Shrines is a community heritage mapping project that aspires to map and photograph these monuments, many of them located in small rural towns spread all across the country.
No matter what form they come in, Hockey Shrines are an important cultural heritage resource that remind us that all communities, big or small, are capable of greatness.
Do you know of an interesting or important hockey shrine in your community? Add it to our map!
It's very easy, just fill out this form:
This project was started by Lauren Archer, a Cultural Heritage Specialist, historic preservationist and maker who lives in Palmerston, Ontario. She has a special interest in using technology to map and identify cultural heritage landscapes. She is also mildy obsessed with hockey and its role in Canadian life, just like everybody else. Right?