The 2017 Fall Meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research will take place in the Montréal, Québec, on the weekend of November 24-26. This particular weekend has been chosen to coincide with the centennial of the National Hockey League, which was founded on November 26, 1917, at Montréal's Windsor Hotel.
Sadly, the Windsor Hotel received its last guests in 1981. The portion of the building that was not destroyed by a fire in 1957 was converted into an office building in the late 1980s.
But we have negotiated a rate at an excellent hotel, the Hotel Bonaventure (900 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest), which you'll find particularly convenient if you're travelling by train — it's across the street from the Central Station. The hotel sits atop the Place Bonaventure office and exhibition centre, which opened in 1967, and one of its unique features is its year-round outdoor swimming pool.
Rooms are available at $149 per night (breakfast not included). Call 514-878-2332 or 1-800-467-2575 and quote the reservation code CHOCO, or click here to reserve online. Although we've been assured there is not likely to be high demand for that particular weekend, we advise that you to book early.
The meet and greet will take place at the birthplace of . . . Montréal! The Pointe-à-Callière Museum, a national historic and archaeological site, located about 1.5 km from the hotel, occupies the spot where the first French settlers arrived in 1642.
Friday, November 24 marks the opening of the museum's hockey exhibit — based in part on the one seen at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau at the AGM, although visitors are promised more than 200 new artifacts focusing on Montréal's hockey history. As part of the meet and greet, SIHR members will get a private tour of the exhibit.
Saturday's meeting will take place directly across the street from the hotel at 1000 de la Gauchetière Ouest.
This building boasts an indoor skating rink on the ground floor, so don't hesitate to bring your skates, though hockey is not permitted. Lunch will not be served as part of the meeting, but there is a food court with 15 different vendors on the ground floor, while additional food options can be found in Place Bonaventure and Central Station.
Our special guests will be three NHL staffers who are involved in the ongoing project to publish archival material on the league's website, including game sheets, photos and videos: Gary Meagher, executive vice-president, communications; Frank Brown, group vice-president, communications; and Benny Ercolani, statistician and information officer. We've approached additional guest speakers, and will announce details as they are confirmed.
1000 de la Gauchetière O. in Montréal
On Saturday evening, a reservation will be made at a nearby restaurant for members to have dinner together. As with the past couple of meetings, we'll ask you to register if interested, so that we can provide an estimate of the number of guests. Details are being worked out for interested members to attend a Canadiens game at the Bell Centre at some point during the weekend. Details to be announced (the 2017-18 schedule has not been released yet). Keep an eye on our website and the next edition of the Bulletin for more information.
The conference fee is $25 for the meet and greet alone, $20 for the meeting alone, or $60 for both events. Click here to register.