Early metal skates date back as late as the medieval period of Dutch history and consisted of heavy iron blades which were attached separately to boots. These were used mainly as a form of transportation across frozen bodies of water. Once blades began to be sharpened and made of lighter materials, the different forms of skating activities emerged. From 1865 onward, skaters began screwing blades directly onto their boots and adding toe picks to the blades to offer more control and better movement on the ice. Skaters also began incorporating music into their practice, and thus the sport of figure skating was developed. Figure skating would eventually debut as an Olympic sport in 1908. The skates shown here were made in the 1950’s.
In the early years of baseball, catchers would stand far away from the hitter and field pitches on the first bounce. In the 1880s, protective equipment started to become a requirement once catchers began creeping closer to the batter. During the 1920s, the modern shape of the catcher’s mask began to emerge. Throughout the rest of the century the traditional catcher’s mask would develop more and more protection, with a skull cap eventually being worn to protect the head.
Although a new style of catcher’s mask was introduced in the late 1990s, modeled after the headgear that NHL goaltenders wore, the traditional cage and skull cap combination is still very popular. Nowadays, catchers can be seen wearing either style of mask according to their personal preference.
|Artefact:||1995 Canada Winter Games Torch|
This torch is from the AGT March of Champions 1995 Canada Winter Games Torch Relay. It visited 16 Alberta communities before lighting the cauldron to open the 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie.
This torch was preserved by being stored sealed in the AGT March of Champions Time Capsule given to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in trust to be opened the next time the Canada Games were held in Alberta. At a press conference on January 15th, 2019 the time capsules were opened in preparation for the 2019 Canada Winter Games to be held in Red Deer from February 15 - March 3, 2019.
Baseball bats began to be produced for the general public by the Louisville Company around the end of the 19th century. Early bats were heavy, made of ash wood, and had a very cylindrical shape to them with a thick handle. As baseball became more and more popular, bats started to be perfected and their shapes came to resemble the present-day bat with a heavy barrel and thinner handle. Metal bats also began to be manufactured and remain the most common option for casual or little league baseball; however, they are banned for use in the MLB. Bats continue to evolve with varying styles of handle now being used at all levels of the sport, ranging from tapered, wider handles, to an axe-shaped handle.
This bat belonged to Honoured Member Glen Gorbous, who played several years in the minor leagues and a season for the Philadelphia Phillies.
|Artefact:||Referee Sweater- 1995 World Jr. Hockey|
Up until the 1950’s NHL official’s sported a cream-colored sweater and a necktie. In the early 1950’s they began wearing a bright orange colored sweater to further distinguish themselves from teams’ white sweaters. The orange uniforms, however, proved difficult for fans to distinguish from the dark uniformed home team while watching television broadcasts with no color. On December 29, 1955, officials began wearing the iconic black and white striped sweater which remains in use to this day. By 1970, NHL referees adopted orange bands across their arms in order to differentiate themselves from the linesmen. Hockey leagues from across the world would eventually adopt this style of officiating attire. The sweater seen here is from the 1995 World Junior Championship in Red Deer where Team Canada captured its eighth gold medal. The event is hosted annually by the International Ice Hockey Federation, with the 2018-19 tournament taking place from December 26 - January 5 in Vancouver and Victoria.
This helmet was worn by honoured member Henry Viney during his time serving in WWII. It is a British-style MK2 helmet that was used by the Canadian forces. The helmet is an improved version of the famous British Brodie helmet that had been developed and issued to soldiers during the First World War. The helmet is made of steel with a leather lining and a wide brim designed to protect against shrapnel.
Henry Viney served five years in the instructional staff of the Canadian Army during the Second World War and upon his return began working for CFCN Calgary. Viney began his broadcasting career in 1932 and continued broadcasting across four decades. In 1967, he received the Foster Hewitt award as Canada’s Outstanding Sportscaster. Viney was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.