"Play Hard, Fight Hard" Exhibit

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Event Date: Jun. 4, 2018 to Sep. 14, 2018


Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum
Event Address: 
1333 Dorval Drive
Suite 1
Oakville, ON L6M4X7

“Play Hard, Fight Hard: Sport in the Canadian Military” is an exhibit developed by The Military Museums and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and explores the relationship between sports and military service dating back to the 1880s.  This short-term loan will be on display from June 1st until September 15th (excluding the RBC Canadian Open).

Over 75 artefacts across multiple sports are represented, along with the personal stories of Honoured Members from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame that proudly served in several branches of the military. A wide range of sports, from hockey to football to the uniquely military game of Broom-i-loo are featured.

Some of the key artifacts in the exhibit include: A North West Mounted Police cricket bat from the 1880s, an Olympic gold medal from the 1928 Olympic Games, skates used by the RCAF Flyers team that won Olympic gold in 1948, and a Bronze Cross Medal given to noted Canadian golf course architect Stanley Thompson who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917.

Football display from the “Play Hard, Fight Hard” exhibit.


Artifacts from golf and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame honoured members who served in the Canadian military will help in supplementing the exhibit.

Also highlighted is the Soldier On program, which uses activity and sport to support wounded military members. Well known sport heroes like Conn Smythe, Jeff Nicklin, Mark Fuchko and Myrtle Cook are showcased.

Spectators attending the RBC Canadian Open will be able to see the exhibit for free during the tournament. Admission to the exhibit and the museum is $10.00 per person.  All Military and their families are free of charge.

The exhibit is generously supported by the Alberta Museums Association, Veterans Affairs Canada and Directorate of History and Heritage.