The Fort St. John North Peace Museum is now hosting a Hockey Exhibit, along with their many other historical showcases.
With the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, they decided now was the perfect time for the exhibit.
“We went to research what our earliest hockey history is, and found all sorts of stories from people playing hockey on rinks at rural schools, people playing hockey on the Fort Nelson Trail,” said Curator and Manager of the Museum Heather Sjoblom. “Then we delved into the Alaska Highway News to look at Fort St. John Flyers and investigate how their first season went.”
The exhibit opened on Saturday, and will continue until at least December 5th, said Sjoblom – depending on the availability of the next exhibit.
Artifacts on display include hockey equipment, trophies, clippings from the Alaska Highway News, pucks, and a hockey stick that a farmer turned into a rake.
The clippings from the newspaper focus mostly on the Flyers, but some of the trophies and equipment featured are from small teams.
“They’re mostly from teams that played in the Taylor area,” said Sjoblom.
Regular admission to go see all the exhibits, including this hockey exhibit, is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors over 65, and $4 for students. Children 5 and under have free admission.
Sjoblom says the exhibit hasn’t been visited too much yet – but she’s not too surprised as this is “not our busy time of year.”
However, she hopes as the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge takes off, it will pick up more museum-goers.