The Hart Trophy: A Canadian mark of excellence in the NHL

For one day only, sports fans will be able to see one of the most prestigious awards in professional sports, the Hart Trophy, and have a photo taken with it. The trophy is awarded to the most valuable player during the regular season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The trophy will be on display in connection with the NHL Centennial Classic game between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens (December 16 at TD Place, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa). The Hart Trophy event is organized by the team from the Canadian Jewish Experience exhibition. This exhibition, part of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation celebrations, highlights the contributions of the Jewish community to the development of Canadian society.

At the event, Andrew Ross, a sports archivist at LAC and an expert on the history of hockey in Canada, will discuss the very Canadian origins of this trophy; the original was given to the NHL by the Hart family, who are descendants of the first Jewish settler in Canada. Mr. Ross will also talk about the connections between the trophy, the Ottawa Senators, the Montreal Canadiens, the First World War and … Wayne Gretzky!

This free event, open to all, takes place on December 14, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pellan Room at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. Seating is limited, so to register, please visit the “Celebrating the Hart Trophy” page on the LAC website.

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