Maple Leaf Gardens

LeafsThe last hockey game was played at Maple Leaf Gardens ten years ago yesterday.

I have a lot of great MLG memories, having seen a number of games there during the 80s and 90s. I kept most of my ticket stubs, and here are some of the older style tickets they used to literally tear at the Gardens gate.

March 12, 1988 - Maple Leafs February 27, 1988 - Maple Leafs November 29, 1986 - Maple Leafs October 11, 1989 - Maple Leafs October 14, 1989 - Maple Leafs December 30, 1989 - Maple Leafs January 3, 1990 - Maple Leafs January 10, 1990 - Maple Leafs

You may have noticed the majority of those stubs are from the same pair of Grey seats. We used to buy them from the guy who taught me in grade 5 and grade 7. 95% of the games I saw at Maple Leaf Gardens were seen from the Greys, but I didn't care. I just loved being in the building.

I remember my old man taking me to games in the mid-80s and the sounds of the scalpers and that strange smell on Carlton I'd later realize was marijuana. I remember the euphoria in the building when the Leafs scored, those bright television lights and Harold Ballard and King Clancy checking things out from their box.

My favourite Maple Leaf Gardens memory that I witnessed live was My Game, December 30, 1989. That was the last Leafs game of the 80s and if you click over and read the details, it was a game that this 15-year old would never forget.

When I'm rich, I'm going to buy Maple Leaf Gardens and restore the ice. I want to skate where Bill Barilko scored the game 5 winner in 1951.

Maple Leaf Gardens

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One thing I will always regret is not getting to see a game there. The way things are going I mighten see a game (well.. Leafs.. witnessed a sad display of a basketball game once) at the ACC either. How long do you figure I have left.. 15 years?

February 14, 2009 @ 10:18 AM

james edgar

Jon Nows the time. Go down and buy some scalped seats. The scalpers are not getting top dolar right now from what I hear. you may even pay face . Still expensive but if it's a once in a long while thing. why not. You get one shot at this thing called life beleive not doing things you really want to can haunt you for a long time.

Sorry for the cliches :)

I have a bunch of tickets like that too . concerts though. That's how they came pre bass/ ticketmaster I went to few games in the 70's but never kept a stub. :(

February 14, 2009 @ 1:06 PM


I don't live in Ontario anymore but seem to end up there for a while every couple years. I haven't been back now since 2004 so I'm pretty much overdue. Getting back is no problem.. being able to afford scalped tickets to a Leafs game is another thing. I haven't the slightest but I'd imagine it's not cheap.

February 14, 2009 @ 4:27 PM

jason |

I'm not much of a hockey fan, but I do think this historical arena should have remained a hockey arena.. but it's all about the $ $ $ or lack thereof-

It looks like an eye sore though, the same nasty rotten egg shell colour as the CN Tower.

February 16, 2009 @ 2:30 PM

jason |

Hey maybe Maple Leaf Meats could have bought it. They could use old ice skates to slice the meat. i'm sure that is sanitary. OK, low blow.

February 16, 2009 @ 2:31 PM

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