The current project to build the Montreal Hockey Walk of Fame began in 2001 when Project Manager Allison Turner approached the originator of the idea, Montreal jazz musician Billy Georgette. Georgette provided her with the original project’s background information.
Next, Turner enlisted the support of Montreal Canadiens and the City of Montreal. Both have come through with flying colours and have shown continued and enthusiastic support for the Montreal Hockey Walk of Fame.
Now that Hockey Heritage Montreal, an organization whose sole purpose is to create the Montreal Hockey Walk of Fame, has been officially recognized as a charity by the federal government, the project can move forward by taking concrete steps.
The Montreal Hockey Walk of Fame is divided into three phases.
THE MONTREAL HOCKEY WALK OF FAME: THE PROJECT PHASE 1
PHASE 1 will begin at the site of the Victoria Skating Rink on Drummond Street (the “VSR”) just north of Rene-Levesque Boulevard and end at the Bell Centre. This first branch consist of approximately 45 bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalk along Drummond Street heading south (across Rene-Levesque) up to and across de la Gauchetiere. Once on the south side ofde la Gauchetiere, the branch will then head west up to de la Montagne. The plaques will be square- shaped.
Each bronze plaque will commemorate a Montreal hockey great. In addition to well-known Hockey Hall of Famers, visitors will leam who pioneered the game long before Montreal saw players such as the Rocket. Little-known pioneers of the modem game of hockey, such as James Creighton, will take their rightful place among the other historical hockey personalities.
THE MONTREAL HOCKEY WALK OF FAME: THE PROJECT PHASE 2
PHASE 2 will begin at the VSR, head north, and then move west along St. Catherine Street up to the site of the old Montreal Forum. The bronze plaques in this branch will be shaped like the Stanley Cup.
Each plaque will commemorate the Montreal team that won the Stanley Cup for a particular year. In total, there will 41 such plaques as there were six Montreal teams (five in addition to the Montreal Canadiens) who won the Stanley Cup since its inception.
THE MONTREAL HOCKEY WALK OF FAME: THE PROJECT PHASE 3
PHASE 3 will begin at the VSR and make its way down Drummond Street similar to PHASE 1. However, at Rene-Levesque, the branch will head west along the north side of Rene-Levesque up to Peel. On the west sidewalk of Peel, the branch will move north – passing in front of the old Windsor Hotel (where the NHL was born) up to Sherbrooke. On the north sidewalk of Sherbrooke, the branch will head west up to the Roddick Gates at McGill University. McGill played a key role in the development of the modem game of hockey.
The plaques will be square-shaped. Each plaque will commemorate a “builder” who made a significant contnbution to the modem game of hockey. Builders will include individuals and organizations.