6/17/2018 – The Texas Hockey History Center is awesome and you should go immediately

I’m writing up a visit to the soon-to-open Texas Hockey History Center for the Dallas Morning News, but it would be impossible to show off all of the neat things they have on display in a short post for the Morning News. I’ve collected all of the pictures I took here with some of the fascinating stories behind the items on display.

 

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This jersey is so clean that it looks like a reproduction, but it was in fact used in a game for the Houston Apollos who, for some reason, used a missile to represent the Saturn V rocket. The goalie who used it played in exactly one game and allowed four goals before he was pulled.

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Even the hockey team was talking shit to the other Houston sports teams. The Houston Aeros original look was fantastic and would rank with the top modern uniforms in hockey had the NHL allowed them to join the league. They were the only WHA champion not to enter. The story of the NHL keeping the Aeros out is bullshit, and hopefully the league rectifies it soon.

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This jersey is actually the jersey of Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau from his time with the Dallas Blackhawks. The trophy is the Dallas-Fort Worth Challenge Trophy, a forerunner of the Silver Boot I suppose.

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They engraved the winners into it, but obviously due to a lack of space not the names of the players.

When you enter the center on the second floor you’re greeted with a timeline of hockey in Texas marked with engraved sticks. I. Love. This.

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The stairs leading up to the center have character too.

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Look at the wee baby Gordie Howe playing his first game in Texas in 1945.

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The first official game was played in San Antonio. Who knew?

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These two murals greet you as you walk upstairs to get into the center. I would totally buy prints if they were for sale.

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Number two.

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On the wall inside the center proper the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame who practiced their craft in Texas are enshrined. Shout out to Mark Messier of the Houston Apollos.TexasTrail.jpg

Proof that the Dallas Morning News has been covering hockey in some form since 1895.

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This is Eric Nadel’s 8 track. He made 8 copies of this. This is him covering the Fort Worth Texans’ Adams Cup championship win. The audio has been copied and will have a special section in the center. Visitors will be able to come up and hear the legendary Texas Rangers broadcaster call a championship.

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This graphic just outside the center lays out how the center is set up. It’s broken into three eras. Bonus fun fact: Texas is the only state or province to win all of those professional hockey trophies.

Trophies.jpgAnd of course, the Stars stuff is there.

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These two trophies were essentially lost before turning up in the Big Texan Steakhouse office in Amarillo.

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This Dallas Blackhawks jacket is on loan to the museum. It belonged to the late Roger Neilson.

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I’m in love with this jersey. The former affiliate of the New York Islanders made a gorgeous Texas representation of the Islanders famous logo.

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The amount of Fort Worth Fire items really hit home, and I’m going to focus on that for the Morning News so I’m just including them here for now.

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That stick triggered me.

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The center has more Aeros stuff than it knows what to do with. It’s almost like the Aeros were popular, people supported them, and they would be a successful NHL team.

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You should go as soon as it opens. There will be events out there during the draft. Make it a point to go. It’s awesome. Also click on the Morning News story when I publish it tomorrow so I can get those sweet clicks. I just wanted to share these pictures here.

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