April 2018 - Toronto ON
Maple Leaf Gardens is considered one of the "cathedrals" of ice hockey, it was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League from 1931 to 1999. The Leafs won the Stanley Cup 11 times from 1932 to 1967 while playing at the Gardens. The first NHL All-Star Game, albeit an unofficial one, was held at the Gardens in 1934 as a benefit for Leafs forward Ace Bailey, who had suffered a career-ending head injury. The first official annual National Hockey League All-Star Game was also held at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1947.
The Maple Leafs now play at the Air Canada Centre.
It has since been reconstructed for other uses. Today Maple Leaf Gardens is a multi-purpose facility, with Loblaws occupying retail space on the lower floors and an arena for Toronto's Ryerson University, known as Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens, occupying the top level.
...historic building re such a treat to see. They were built when a building made a statement. Thanks Jackie for stopping by, I hope to see you again.ReplyDelete
Very interesting history! I guess bigger IS better! :-) Lovely architecture.ReplyDelete
It's strange to think of what's become of the old Gardens.ReplyDelete
Time marches on, William.Delete
25 cent parking! WOW! Beautiful building!ReplyDelete
Jackie, like the parking fee. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Ice hockey is a big thing there. It's played in Virginia but kids don't grow up with it because our lakes rarely freeze.ReplyDelete