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Postcards from the World Cup

Postcard: Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL.com Columnist Dave Stubbs takes in game's rich history during private tour

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- The Hockey Hall of Fame takes my breath away every time I visit. But when it's so quiet you can almost hear your own quickened heartbeat, well, I'd suggest that this place for a fan would be akin to walking through the game's Pearly Gates.

I've known Phil Pritchard for some years, he being the white-gloved, perpetually happy soul who, with Hall of Fame colleague Craig Campbell, walks the Stanley Cup along a red carpet onto a rink every June for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's presentation to the winning captain.

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Hockey Hall of Fame photo gallery

See images from NHL.com's private 60-minute self-guided tour

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Since 1993, when it moved from its former location on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition, the Hockey Hall of Fame has welcomed more than six million visitors to its home in historic Brookfield Place in downtown Toronto, a short walk from Air Canada Centre.

On Thursday, the Hall's vice-president and curator, Phil Pritchard, figuratively threw the keys to the magnificent hockey shrine to NHL.com for a private 60-minute self-guided tour.

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Postcard: CN Tower

NHL.com's Bill Price gets a breathtaking view of Toronto from 114 stories up

by Bill Price @BillPriceNHL / NHL.com Editor in Chief

TORONTO -- Greetings from 1,136 feet, or in my mind, hell.

Since the day I arrived in this wonderful city, the CN Tower has been calling my name. On Wednesday, I finally answered it.

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Postcard: Rogers Centre

NHL.com's Bill Price excited to take in baseball game at Rogers Centre for first time

by Bill Price @BillPriceNHL / NHL.com Editor in Chief

TORONTO -- The weather here the past few nights has been absolutely beautiful. I love the cool, crisp weather in the fall, so the 55-60 degree temperatures with clear skies at night in Toronto have been perfect.

Walking to Rogers Centre on Monday for the Yankees-Blue Jays game, I was disappointed that the retractable roof was closed, yet still excited to see the ballpark for the first time.

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Postcard: The Waterfront Trail

NHL.com's Shawn P. Roarke takes in beautiful views of Lake Ontario, Victory Peace Monument

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

TORONTO -- The Waterfront Trail is a treasure in this city.

Running as far as the eye can see, and beyond, in each direction, it borders Lake Ontario and provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of the downtown core.

With the amount of time spent at Air Canada Centre since arriving here 10 days ago, I haven't been able to use the path as much as I would like, but have taken every opportunity to do so. It helps that it is right out the front door of my hotel.

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Postcard: St. Lawrence Market

Food choices are endless at Toronto open-air emporium

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

TORONTO -- Part of the allure of travelling is finding new places.

Thursday, I stumbled upon the St. Lawrence Market, a food emporium located on Front Street in downtown. What a find it was!

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Postcard: Between the benches

NHL.com's Dave Stubbs talks with Swedish broadcaster who sees game from ice level

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- Jonatan Lindquist was struggling with the top button of his dress shirt, "borrowed from a colleague who's much smaller than me."

The Swedish broadcaster and I were standing between the Air Canada Centre's benches Thursday, 90 minutes before Team Finland would take on Team Russia in their final preliminary-round game at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

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Postcard: Maple Leaf Square

NHL.com's Bill Price takes break from Air Canada Centre cuisine to sample salad from Longo's

by Bill Price @BillPriceNHL / NHL.com Editor in Chief

TORONTO -- When I wrote last week that my hotel here would be my home away from home during the World Cup of Hockey 2016, I was mistaken. The Air Canada Centre has become my home away from home.

Since Saturday I've been here at least 11 hours each day, seen eight hockey games, and have had six or seven meals consisting of arena food. (Next time you're in the Air Canada Centre, try the brisket sandwich.)

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Postcard: Fan Village

NHL.com's Dave Stubbs meets a fellow Rogie Vachon fan

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- There was a great deal of yellow at the Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village on Tuesday morning; Team Sweden jerseys, dozens and dozens of them. And why not, with Swedish hockey legend Daniel Alfredsson and his wife, Bibbi, joining 100 others to take a solemn oath to become Canadian citizens.

But across the vast grounds I spotted a different hue of yellow, and I made a beeline for it. It was a gentleman wearing a vintage Los Angeles Kings jersey. Some would tell you it was ghastly in its day, created to blind the competition; now it's throwback chic.

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Postcard: Maple Leaf Square

NHL.com's Bill Price visits Legends Row, finds authentic Canadian food

by Bill Price @BillPriceNHL / NHL.com Editor in Chief

TORONTO -- The more I walk around this city, the more I fall in love with it. 

Thanks to the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and the approaching NHL season, there's a constant hockey vibe in this town. The weather is great, and aside from a nasty look or two from a cyclist I almost cut in front of, the people are really nice. 

Perfect example: Saturday night I was sitting in Air Canada Centre for the final minutes of Team Canada's win against Team Czech Republic when a guy next to me spotted a picture of my dog on my iPhone screen and asked me about her. While we kept our eyes on the game, we had a pleasant conversation about my dog, his dog, dogs in general, and then started discussing Team Canada, Toronto and all the great things to do here.

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