New home for Manitoba hall

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Reggie Leach, Turk Broda, and Terry Sawchuk have a new home.

The plaques of the three Manitoba hockey legends were on hand for the unveiling of the new Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame at MTS Centre yesterday.

The exhibit was originally housed in the Winnipeg Arena, and as one might expect, the idea to keep this province's hockey legacy in its main hockey building was a logical move.

At least for Gary Cribbs.

"That was our initial request and desire, and we feel like it's worked out pretty well," the vice-president of the Manitoba Hockey Foundation said.

The MHF is the main sponsor and fundraiser for the MHHOF.

Don (Bones) Raleigh made the move, too.

Having come to Winnipeg via Kenora when he was just a kid, the former New York Rangers captain scored two overtime goals against Detroit in the 1950 Stanley Cup final (the Red Wings eventually won in seven games).

Now at 78 years old, the induction committee member hopes the new display will reach everyone who comes to the rink to watch the sport he loves.

'MIGHT INSPIRE THEM'

"Every youngster who will see this, it might inspire them to do the same thing," said Raleigh, who scored 101 goals and 219 assists in his 10-year NHL career. "That's important because not everyone has seen or heard of the old guys that have played.

"At least now someone's grandfather still remembers me."

Back on Maroons Road, hall members were simply honoured with just a name plate.

Located right when you walk through the front doors into the concourse, the display at MTS Centre goes a bit further, identifying not only the person by name, but also with a picture and a brief synopsis on the player.

"We really struggled with how we were going to display and honour hockey in this province," Cribbs said. "I'm very happy with it, and the people at True North have been great. Some people are amazed at the number of great players from Manitoba."

Formed in 1985, the MHHOF is now made up of 283 members from several areas of the game. Inductees must be born in Manitoba or have settled in this province at an early age and played their hockey here.

Builders, officials, and media members are also included, as well as a special section for the Winnipeg Jets -- a section that Raleigh said will be closed down once a few more members get in.

"Until the Jets come back, of course," he laughed.

Plans for a Wall of Champions -- honouring great provincial clubs -- are still underway.


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