ON THIS DAY

National Post (National Edition) - - MONDAY DIVERSIONS -

No­vem­ber 12, 1931 - Maple Leaf Gar­dens, one of the “cathe­drals” of ice hockey, of­fi­cially opened in Toronto. Though the Leafs lost their first game in the arena, they won eleven Stan­ley Cups dur­ing their 68 years play­ing there. The Gar­dens also hosted elec­tion ral­lies and con­certs by such no­ta­bles as Elvis Pres­ley and the Bea­tles. In 1999 the Maple Leafs moved to the Air Canada Cen­tre (now the Sco­tia­bank Arena). Much of Maple Leaf Gar­dens has now been con­verted to a huge Loblaws gro­cery store.

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