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Encyclopedia > Maple Leaf Gardens
Maple Leaf Gardens

Location Toronto, Ontario
Broke ground 1931
Opened November 12, 1931
Closed 2002
Owner
Construction cost $1.5 Million
Architect Ross and Macdonald
Tenants
Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1931-1999)
Toronto Huskies (BAA) (1946-1947)
Toronto Marlboros (OHL) (1931-1989)
Toronto Toros (WHA) (1974-1976)
Toronto Blizzard (NASL) (1980-1982 indoor)
Toronto Shooting Stars (NPSL) (1996-1997)
Toronto Rock (NLL) (1999-2000)
Capacity
Hockey: 16,307
Exterior signage as of 2006, with letters missing

Maple Leaf Gardens was an indoor arena in Toronto, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street. Image File history File links MLG-exterior. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Ross and Macdonald was one of Canadas most notable architecture firms in the early 20th century. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... The Toronto Huskies was a team in the Basketball Association of America (a forerunner of the National Basketball Association) during the 1946-1947 season, based in Toronto, Canada. ... NBA official website NBA News from Pro Sports Daily Dougs NBA Statistics NBA Statistics from 82games. ... Categories: Stub | Ontario Hockey League ... OHL All-Star Game 2006 Opening Face Off. ... The Toronto Toros were an ice hockey team based out of Toronto that played in the World Hockey Association and were owned by John F. Bassett. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... Toronto Blizzard was a professional soccer club based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that played in the North American Soccer League. ... North American Soccer League or (NASL) was a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada that operated from 1968 to 1984. ... Toronto Shooting Stars logo The Toronto Shooting Stars were an indoor soccer team based in Toronto, Ontario that competed in the defunct NPSL. The team began play in the 1996-1997 season, with home games taking place at Maple Leaf Gardens. ... The National Professional Soccer League was a professional indoor soccer league in the USA. It started out as the American Indoor Soccer Association in 1984 but changed its name to the National Professional Soccer League in 1990. ... The Toronto Rock are a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), a North American professional sports league. ... NLL redirects here. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Image File history File links MLG-sign. ... Image File history File links MLG-sign. ... Carlton Street is a short east-west route in downtown Toronto, Canada. ...


One of the temples of hockey, it was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1931-1999. The Leafs won 11 Stanley Cups from 1932-1967 while playing at the Gardens. The first National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at the Gardens in 1934 as a benefit for Leafs forward Ace Bailey, who suffered from a career-ending injury. The first annual NHL All-Star game was also held at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1947. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The National Hockey League All-Star Game (French: Match des Étoiles de la Ligue Nationale de Hockey) is an exhibition hockey game that marks the midway point of the National Hockey Leagues regular season, with many of the leagues star players playing against each other. ... Irvine Ace Bailey (born on July 3, 1903 in Bracebridge, Ontario - April 1, 1992) was a star ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1926-1933. ...


It was home to the Toronto Huskies (1946-1947) in their single season in the Basketball Association of America (a forerunner of the National Basketball Association), the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey League, the Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association (1974-1976), the Toronto Blizzard of the North American Soccer League (1980-1982 indoor seasons), the Toronto Shooting Stars of the National Professional Soccer League (1996-1997), and the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League (1999-2000). The NBA's Buffalo Braves played 16 home games at the Gardens in three seasons from 1971-1975. The NBA's Toronto Raptors played some games at the Gardens from 1995-1999, mostly when SkyDome was unavailable. The Toronto Huskies was a team in the Basketball Association of America (a forerunner of the National Basketball Association) during the 1946-1947 season, based in Toronto, Canada. ... NBA official website NBA News from Pro Sports Daily Dougs NBA Statistics NBA Statistics from 82games. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... Categories: Stub | Ontario Hockey League ... OHL All-Star Game 2006 Opening Face Off. ... The Toronto Toros were an ice hockey team based out of Toronto that played in the World Hockey Association and were owned by John F. Bassett. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... Toronto Blizzard was a professional soccer club based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that played in the North American Soccer League. ... North American Soccer League or (NASL) was a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada that operated from 1968 to 1984. ... Toronto Shooting Stars logo The Toronto Shooting Stars were an indoor soccer team based in Toronto, Ontario that competed in the defunct NPSL. The team began play in the 1996-1997 season, with home games taking place at Maple Leaf Gardens. ... The National Professional Soccer League was a professional indoor soccer league in the USA. It started out as the American Indoor Soccer Association in 1984 but changed its name to the National Professional Soccer League in 1990. ... The Toronto Rock are a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), a North American professional sports league. ... NLL redirects here. ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ...


It was also one of the few venues outside of the United States where Elvis Presley performed in concert and the only site to host The Beatles in all three of their North American tours. In 1972 Maple Leaf Gardens hosted game 2 of the famous "Summit Series" between Team Canada and the USSR. Team Canada won the game 4-1. Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...

Contents

The Conn Smythe era: 1931 to 1961

The Gardens was built by Leafs managing director Conn Smythe in a six-month period during 1931 at a cost of $1.5 million. The site was purchased from The T. Eaton Co. Ltd. for a price said to be $150,000 below market value. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Ross and Macdonald. W. A. Hewitt, sports editor of the Toronto Star, was hired as general manager to oversee all events other than professional hockey.[1] His son, Foster Hewitt, was hired to run the radio broadcasts. Construction was partly funded through a public offering of 7% preferred shares in Maple Leaf Gardens Limited at $10 each (about $117 in 2006), with a free common share for each five preferred shares purchased.[2] Smythe and the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club Ltd. transferred ownership of the hockey team to the new corporation in return for shares in Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. Constantine Falkland Kerry Smythe (b. ... Eatons was once Canadas largest department store retailer. ... Ross and Macdonald was one of Canadas most notable architecture firms in the early 20th century. ... William Abraham W. A. Hewitt (May 15, 1875 – September 8, 1966), was a leading Canadian sports journalist and sportsman. ... The Toronto Star is Canadas highest-circulation newspaper, though its print edition is distributed almost entirely within Ontario. ... Foster William Hewitt, O.C. (November 21, 1902 – April 21, 1985) was a Canadian radio pioneer. ...


The contract to construct the building was awarded to Thomson Brothers Construction of Port Credit in Toronto Township.[3] Thomson Bros bid just under $990,000 for the project, the lowest of ten tenders received, mainly due to the fact that amongst the Thomson Brothers' various enterprises they had much of the sub contract work covered, others could not compete in this manner.[4] That price did not include steel work, which was estimated at an additional $100,000. Construction began at midnight on June 1, 1931.[5] In what is to this day considered to be an unparalleled accomplishment the Gardens was built in under five months and two weeks. June 1 is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Toronto Maple Leafs opening night program at MLG, November 12, 1931

The Gardens opened on November 12, 1931, with the Maple Leafs losing 2-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks. Reported attendance on opening night was 13,542, which was about 1,500 below capacity.[6] The Leafs would go on to win their first Stanley Cup that season. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (450x648, 174 KB) Toronto Maple Leafs program from the first game at Maple Leaf Gardens, November 12, 1931. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (450x648, 174 KB) Toronto Maple Leafs program from the first game at Maple Leaf Gardens, November 12, 1931. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...


The first professional wrestling show at the Gardens was held on November 19, 1931 and attracted 15,800 people to see world champion Jim Londos in the main event. The show was promoted by Jack Corcoran, who passed the reins to Frank Tunney in 1939. Under Tunney, Toronto and the Gardens was for decades a thriving centre for professional wrestling. Local hero Whipper Billy Watson became the city's top wrestling attraction in the 1940s and 1950s. is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Christos Theofilou or Christopher Theophelus (January 2, 1897 - August 19, 1975) better known as The Golden Greek Jim Londos was a professional wrestler who was one of the most popular stars wrestling offered during the Great Depression. ... Maple Leaf Wrestling was a celebrated NWA territory promoted out of Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens for nearly 50 years and run by Frank Tunney, who incorporated Tunney Sports out of the Queensbury Athletic Club before serving as NWA President from 1960-61. ... Whipper Billy Watson (1917 July 25- 1990 February 4), born William Potts, was a Canadian heavyweight wrestler and a five-time world wrestling champion. ...


Boxing was also a regular offering at the Gardens for many years. The first world title bout in the building was on September 19, 1932 with bantamweight champion Panama Al Brown knocking out challenger Emile Pladner in the first round. is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alfonso Teofilo Brown (1902-1951), better known as Panama Al Brown was a bantamweight boxer from Panama who made history by becoming boxings first hispanic world champion. ...


On November 1, 1946, Maple Leaf Gardens was the site of the first game in the history of the Basketball Association of America, with the Toronto Huskies playing the New York Knicks. The Huskies played their last game at the Gardens on March 28, 1947. November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... NBA official website NBA News from Pro Sports Daily Dougs NBA Statistics NBA Statistics from 82games. ... The Toronto Huskies was a team in the Basketball Association of America (a forerunner of the National Basketball Association) during the 1946-1947 season, based in Toronto, Canada. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... March 28 is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


Smythe became the majority owner of Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. in 1947, following a power struggle between directors who supported him as president and those who wanted him replaced with Frank J. Selke. Toronto stock broker Percy Gardiner lent Smythe the money he needed to take control of the corporation. The loan was paid off in 1960.[7] Francis J. (Frank) Selke (May 7, 1893-July 3, 1985) was a noted Canadian hockey manager in the NHL. He began his career in 1907 as manager of the Iroquois Bantams even though he was just 14 years old. ...


Elvis Presley's shows at the Gardens on April 2, 1957 were his first-ever concerts outside of the United States. Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... April 2 is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ...


Smythe-Ballard-Bassett in partnership: 1961 to 1971

In 1961, Smythe sold most of his shares to a three-person partnership formed by his son, Stafford Smythe, with Harold Ballard and John Bassett. The new ownership added 962 new seats to the Gardens in 1962 and added a private club, The Hot Stove Club, the following year. Even more seats were added in 1965 and new mezzanine galleries were constructed in 1966 and 1967. By 1968, seating capacity for hockey had grown to 16,307.[8] This was achieved, in part, by making the seats narrower, so that—in the words of founder Conn Smythe—"only a young man could sit in them and only a fat old rich man could afford them." A large portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was removed to make room for more seats. When asked why he removed the picture, Ballard replied, "She doesn't pay me, I pay her. Besides, what the hell position can a queen play?"[9] C. Stafford Smythe (1921-October 13, 1971) was the son of Conn Smythe and co-owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team. ... Harold Ballard (July 30, 1903-April 11, 1990) was the controversial long-time owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Maple Leaf Gardens. ... The Honourable John White Hughes Bassett, PC , CC , O.Ont (August 25, 1915 – April 27, 1998) was a Canadian publisher and media baron. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ...


The Leafs were so popular that the team sold out every game from 1946-1999. It was often called the "Carlton Street Cashbox" in sports reporting. Advertising was sold and placed throughout the building.


The Beatles made a stop at Maple Leaf Gardens during each of their three North American American tours: September 7, 1964, August 17, 1965, and August 17, 1966. It was the only venue to host the group on each tour. The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


In March 1966, Conn Smythe resigned from the board of directors after a Muhammad Ali boxing match was scheduled for the Gardens. He found Ali's comments about the Vietnam War to be offensive and said that by accepting the fight, Gardens owners had "put cash ahead of class."[10] “Cassius Clay” redirects here. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


Ballard and the younger Smythe were accused in 1969 of stealing money from the corporation and avoiding income taxes by having Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. pay for many of their personal expenses.[11] The controversy created a rift between the two and Bassett, which led to Smythe and Ballard being fired from their management positions in 1969, only to win back control the following year. In September 1971, Bassett sold his shares to Stafford Smythe and Ballard. Just six weeks later, Smythe died. His brother and son tried to keep the shares within the Smythe family, but in February 1972 all of Smythe's shares were purchased by Ballard, leaving him with majority ownership of the building and the Leafs.


Harold Ballard takes control: 1972 to 1990

The Leafs continued to sell out every game through the Ballard era, even as the team's performance went into steep decline. The rink-side red seats turned to gold in 1974.[12] In August 1979, to make room for private boxes, Ballard had his staff tear down the 48-year-old gondola from which Foster Hewitt regularly broadcast games across Canada and throw it into an incinerator.[13] In an editorial, the Toronto Star called Ballard's actions the "barbaric destruction of one of Canada's great cultural monuments."[14] Foster William Hewitt, O.C. (November 21, 1902 – April 21, 1985) was a Canadian radio pioneer. ... The Toronto Star is Canadas highest-circulation newspaper, though its print edition is distributed almost entirely within Ontario. ...


Concert Promotions International was founded in 1973 by Ballard's son Bill Ballard with Michael Cohl and David Wolinksy and brought many big-name musical acts to the Gardens. Michael Cohl is the president of Toronto-based music promotional company The BCL Group (Ballard Cohl Labatt). ...


The Who performed what was supposed to be their last concert in December of 1982 at this venue and was filmed for the concert film The Who Rocks America 1982. The video for The Reflex by Duran Duran was shot at Maple Leaf Gardens in March 1984. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Reflex is the 11th single by the band Duran Duran. ... Duran Duran is an English Synth pop/pop/rock band notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ...


In 1997, allegations began to emerge that some employees of the Gardens had sexually abused young boys in the 1970s and 1980s. Martin Kruze was the first victim to come forward—contacting the new owners of Maple Leaf Gardens in 1993, and going public in February 1997. His story of abuses beginning in 1975 prompted dozens of other victims to come forward. In October 1997, Gordon Stuckless pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 24 boys dating back to 1969 and was sentenced to a jail term of two years less a day.[15] Three days later, Kruze committed suicide.[16] An appeals court later increased Stuckless's sentence to five years. He was paroled in 2001. In 1999, former usher John Paul Roby was convicted of sexually molesting 26 boys and one girl.[17] He was subsequently declared a dangerous offender and could have been kept in prison for the rest of his life. Roby died in Kingston Penitentiary from an apparent heart attack in 2001.[18] In 2002, former Gardens security guard Dennis Morin was found guilty of sexual assault, indecent assault and gross indecency for incidents involving teenage boys.[19] Allegations—unproven in court—were also made against other Gardens employees, including Ballard.[20] Several civil suits were settled out of court for undisclosed amounts. In January 2006, the Ontario government filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., seeking repayment of the medical costs to the province of treating the sex abuse victims. In the Canadian legal system, the dangerous offender designation allows the courts to impose an indefinite sentence on a convicted person, regardless of whether the crime carries a life sentence or not. ... Kingston Penitentiary is a maximum security prison located in Kingston, Ontario between King Street West and Lake Ontario. ...


Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment: 1991 to 2003

Ballard died in April 1990. The executors of his will were Steve Stavro, Don Giffin and Don Crump. In 1991, Stavro paid off a $20 million loan that had been made to Ballard in 1980 by Molson. In return, he was given an option to buy Gardens shares from Ballard's estate. Molson also agreed to sell its stake in Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. to Stavro. That deal closed in 1994, and shortly after Stavro bought Ballard's shares from the estate for $34 a share or $75 million.[21] The purchase was the subject of a securities commission review and a lawsuit from Ballard's son Bill Ballard, but the deal stood and Stavro and his partners in MLG Ventures became the new owner of the Leafs and Maple Leaf Gardens. Steve Atanas Stavro (born Manoli Stavroff Sholdas) CM (September 27, 1927 – April 24, 2006) was a Canadian businessman, grocery store magnate, horse breeder and sports team owner. ... For the ghost town in Washington, see Molson, Washington. ...


MLG Ventures took Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. private and the two corporations amalgamated[1], becoming Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. after its acquisition of the Toronto Raptors in 1998. Initially, the majority owner of MLSE, holding 51% of the company, was MLG Holdings, a corporation controlled by Stavro, with minority shareholders Larry Tannenbaum (25%) and Toronto-Dominion Bank (20%). The other 49% of MLSE was owned by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. In 2003 Stavro sold his shares and MLG Holdings was dissolved, leaving Teachers' as majority owners of MLSE. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) (TSX: TD NYSE: TD TYO: 8640 ) is a bank headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan is the pension plan for the public school teachers of Ontario. ...


During the 1990s, MLSE considered a number of sites for a new, modern arena to replace Maple Leaf Gardens, including the southeast corner of Bay and Dundas Streets near the Toronto Eaton Centre (the site of the new Ryerson University School of Business). By this time, Maple Leaf Gardens was considered too small and lacking in revenue-generating luxury boxes. The Toronto Eaton Centre is a large shopping mall and office complex in downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada, named after the now-defunct Eatons department store chain. ... Ryerson University is a public university located in downtown Toronto, Canada. ...


The Leafs had no plans to occupy the Air Canada Centre, then under construction by the owners of the Toronto Raptors, and it appeared for a time as though the stalemate between the two sports franchises would result in two new arenas being constructed in Toronto – one for hockey, one for basketball. When MLSE acquired the Toronto Raptors, however, the Air Canada Centre, which was still under construction, was quickly retrofitted to accommodate both hockey and basketball. North Entrance Atrium View from CN Tower The Air Canada Centre, often referred to simply as The ACC, is a multi-purpose arena located on Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ...


The Raptors played their final game at the Gardens on February 9, 1999. A few days later, on February 13, 1999, the Toronto Maple Leafs ended a 67-year tradition when they played their last game at Maple Leaf Gardens, suffering a 6-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Former Leaf Doug Gilmour scored a fluke goal in that game and notorious tough guy Bob Probert scored the final NHL goal in MLG history during the third period. During the emotional post-game ceremony, legendary Canadian singer Anne Murray performed The Maple Leaf Forever, clad in a Leafs jersey. is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Douglas Robert Gilmour (born June 25, 1963 in Kingston, Ontario) is a retired ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League. ... Robert Probert (born June 5, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward. ... Anne Murray, CC, ONS (born Morna Anne Murray June 20, 1945), is a Canadian singer born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, known for her rich alto voice and her taste in choosing songs that appeal to Pop, Country and Adult Contemporary listeners alike. ... The Maple Leaf Forever was written by Alexander Muir (1830–1906) in 1867, the year of Canadas Confederation. ...


The Gardens was the home arena for the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. The Rock won the Champion's Cup in both seasons, making them the building's last championship team. They held training camp at the Gardens in 2001 and then moved to the ACC. Maple Leaf Gardens has been mostly dormant since then. The Toronto Rock are a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), a North American professional sports league. ... NLL redirects here. ... The 1999 National Lacrosse League season began on December 26, 1998 and concluded with the championship game on April 23, 1999. ... The 2000 National Lacrosse League season began on January 7, 2000 and concluded with the championship game on May 6, 2000. ... The Champions Cup is the trophy awarded to the playoff winners in the National Lacrosse League. ...


Future

MLSE refused to sell Maple Leaf Gardens to anyone who proposed to use it as an arena in competition with the Air Canada Centre, and in particular, refused to sell to Eugene Melnyk, the owner of the Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL hockey team, and NHL rival Ottawa Senators. Various redevelopment schemes were proposed, most notably an entertainment complex containing retail shops and cinemas (similar to the redevelopment of the Montreal Forum), but these plans were abandoned when it was discovered that the tiered arena seating was holding up the exterior walls of the building, acting as a form of interior flying buttress. If the bowl of seating were removed, therefore, the exterior walls would lose most of their support. Eugene Melnyk Eugene Melnyk (born May 27, 1959 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian businessman who now resides in Barbados. ... The Toronto St. ... The Ottawa Senators (French: ) are a professional ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario. ... The Montreal Forum was an indoor arena located in Montreal, Canada. ... Flying buttresses at Bath Abbey, Bath, England. ...


Loblaw Companies, Canada's largest food retailer, purchased the Gardens in 2004. It is converting the interior to accommodate a Real Canadian Superstore and parking. There has been some criticism that the conversion of the building to retail uses diminishes its heritage value, and that Maple Leaf Gardens should continue to serve as an arena in accordance with its rich history and traditions. Others, however, note that the structure has been deteriorating for a number of years, and that its ongoing use for minor league sports and events would not generate sufficient income to secure the building's preservation and restoration. Further, the active re-use of the building would allow it to remain open to the public for years to come. Loblaw Companies Limited (TSX: L) is the largest food retailer in Canada, with over 1,690 supermarkets operating under a variety of regional banners, including the namesake Loblaws. ... Real Canadian Superstore outlet in Courtenay, British Columbia. ...


See also

North Entrance Atrium View from CN Tower The Air Canada Centre, often referred to simply as The ACC, is a multi-purpose arena located on Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario. ... Mutual Street Arena was the home ice in Toronto, Ontario, Canada of several hockey clubs. ... Ricoh Coliseum is an ice hockey arena at Exhibition Place in Toronto. ... The Hershey Centre located in Mississauga, Ontario, is the home arena of the OHL team Mississauga Ice Dogs. ... Varsity Arena is an arena in Toronto, Ontario. ...

References

  1. ^ Maple Leaf Gardens, Limited - Prospectus, summary published in The Globe, March 5, 1931
  2. ^ Maple Leaf Gardens, Limited - Prospectus, summary published in The Globe, March 5, 1931
  3. ^ "Maple Leaf Gardens contract goes to local firm," The Globe, May 30, 1931
  4. ^ "New arena work to start on Sunday at midnight," Toronto Star, May 30, 1931
  5. ^ "New arena work to start on Sunday at midnight," Toronto Star, May 30, 1931
  6. ^ "Over thirteen thousand attend opening game," Mike Rodden, The Globe, November 13, 1931
  7. ^ Centre Ice: The Smythe Family, the Gardens, and the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, Thomas Stafford Smythe with Kevin Shea, Fenn Publishing Co., 2000
  8. ^ Maple Leaf Gardens: Fifty Years Of History, Stan Obodiac, Van Nostrand Reinhold Ltd., 1981
  9. ^ Ballard: A Portrait of Canada's Most Controversial Sports Figure, William Houston, Summerhill Press, 1984, p. 60.
  10. ^ "'Cash rated over class' Conn quits," Ken McKee, Toronto Star, March 8, 1966
  11. ^ "Staff Smythe and Harold Ballard charged with income tax evasions," Ron Lowman, Toronto Star, July 9, 1969
  12. ^ Maple Leaf Gardens: Fifty Years Of History, Stan Obodiac, Van Nostrand Reinhold Ltd., 1981
  13. ^ "Oh no! Ballard's trashed Hewitt's gondola," Rick Boulton, Toronto Star, September 20, 1979
  14. ^ Editorial, Toronto Star, September 23, 1979
  15. ^ "Sex abuser jailed less than 2 years," Toronto Star, October 28, 1997, p. A1.
  16. ^ "Kruze jumps to death from bridge: He was first victim to tell of his abuse in Stuckless sex scandal," Hamilton Spectator, October 31, 1997, p. C1.
  17. ^ "Roby has been jailed long enough, lawyer says; Ex-Gardens usher convicted on 35 of 57 sex charges," Nick Pron and Peter Edwards, Toronto Star, May 10, 1999, p. 1.
  18. ^ "Gardens molester dies in prison," Nick Pron, Toronto Star, November 9, 2001, p. B1.
  19. ^ "'Justice' in Gardens sex case: Maple Leaf Gardens guard assaulted youths; Third sex crime conviction of a rink worker," Tracy Huffman, Toronto Star, December 13, 2002, p. B4.
  20. ^ "Ballard named in new abuse charges," Nicolaas van Rijn, Toronto Star, October 18, 2002, p. A3.
  21. ^ Date-by-date story of Gardens takeover fight," Hamilton Spectator, November 11, 1994, p. C15

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External links

  • Ballparks: Maple Leaf Gardens
  • The Canadian Encyclopedia: Maple Leaf Gardens
  • Maple Leaf Gardens and wrestling
  • CFTO News tour of Maple Leaf Gardens in state of ruin, January 2007
Preceded by
Mutual Street Arena
19171931
Home of the
Toronto Maple Leafs
19311999
Succeeded by
Air Canada Centre
1999–present
Preceded by
none
Home of the
Toronto Rock
19992000
Succeeded by
Air Canada Centre
2000–present

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