Hockey: A Common Goal

Hockey in Canada is more than simply a game - it is part of our identity and a symbol of our nation. From frozen ponds and local rinks to stadium arenas and the NHL, hockey has the power to unite Canadians from coast to coast.

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is proud to present Hockey: A Common Goal, an in-house produced exhibit that explores Saskatchewan’s connections to the sport. This exhibit examine the importance and influence of hockey in the daily lives of Canadians, incorporating stories of local heroes, historic moments, one of a kind artefacts,  and personal connections to Canada’s favourite winter pastime.

Visit us from January 21st to April 22, 2018 at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre.

Hockey

Hockey is many things — shinny on a frozen pond, the sweat-soaked smell of a locker room, a winning wrist shot, a roaring crowd. But most of all, it is an enduring national passion that brings Canadians together regardless of geography, language, gender or age. The Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) is celebrating Canada’s game with a one-of-a-kind travelling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History. 

Hockey revisits game-changing moments and players. By highlighting tabletop hockey games, Roch Carrier’s classic story The Hockey Sweater, and Shania Twain’s NHL-inspired stage outfits, the exhibition also reminds us of how deeply hockey is woven into the tapestry of Canadian life.

The exhibition is an engaging two-dimensional display that uses photographs and reproductions of key artifacts, memorabilia and works of art to present hockey highlights from yesterday and today. Listen to audio archives from hockey history and get into the game by recording your own running commentary, just like legendary sportscaster Foster Hewitt.

Hockey is at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre from January 21st to April 22nd

Fostering a Vision for Canada: The Diefenbaker Legacy

Fostering a Vision for Canada presents the life of the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker from his childhood through to the end of his tenure as the thirteenth Prime Minister of Canada. This exhibit illuminates the character and legacy of Mr. Diefenbaker, explains his achievements and challenges while in office from 1957-1963 and highlights his close connections with the University of Saskatchewan. It charts his dedication to human rights and equality throughout his career as a lawyer and his struggle to be elected into public office. Further, the exhibit features a number of notable artifacts, including personal belongings, campaign memorabilia, and gifts received throughout his political career.

The gallery also features two replica rooms that capture Canadian political life as it was during the latter 1950s and early 1960s. The Prime Minister’s Office depicts the East Block Office as it appeared during Diefenbaker’s tenure as Prime Minister. It features original and reproduction furniture, as well as personal items belonging to Diefenbaker. The Privy Council Chamber illustrates the cabinet meeting room, featuring replications of Confederation era furniture and original signed photographs of the first twelve Canadian Prime Ministers. The replica rooms were recently retrofitted with iPads, containing speech excerpts, room descriptions and a broad selection of historical photographs adding an interactive component for visitors.

This is an ongoing exhibit.

It is also possible to view the virtual exhibit here.