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Today’s depressing note: Maple Leaf Gardens now a gourmet grocery store

Nov 30, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

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If you’re a hockey buff with a love for the past, today’s a day that will make you more than a bit sad. Maple Leaf Gardens, the classic old building that was once home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, has been remade and turned into something a bit more modern.

A gourmet grocery store.

What once used to be the home of Johnny Bower and Maple Leaf Stanley Cup winning teams in the 40s, 50s, and 60s is now instead a Loblaw’s grocery store. It’s not a reference to “Arrested Development” otherwise it’d be genius. Instead of reliving the memories of days gone by and soaking in the hockey history, foodies will get their fill of funky cheeses and other assorted goodies.

Sadly, re-purposing classic old hockey haunts like this is nothing new. Just look at the Montreal Forum which is now a shopping mall with a movie theater. It beats having these relics to hockey being torn down, but man does it hurt to see it become something else entirely.

Instead of being sad, however, we’ll just pour out a bottle of high end wine for the old Maple Leaf Gardens out of respect.

  1. michiganhockey11 - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Is nothing sacred anymore? How did Canada allow this to happen?

    • bzz0 - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:28 AM

      Everyone agreed it shouldn’t be torn down, but MLSE refused to allow anything like a sporting event go on inside. Given the value of the property, there were only so many options.

      They even painted over the blue maple leaf on the roof this week.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        They painted over the leaf? That’s incredibly depressing

  2. selldannysell - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    That’s depressing!

  3. selldannysell - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Although, hockey is supposed to be played there soon:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/29/maple-leaf-gardens-to-host-college-hockey/

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    “Canada” didn’t let this happen – Toronto did. Just like “America” didn’t let Detroit turn into a sh!thole – Detroit did (by having a singularly based working force). If you looked at this properly you would’ve realized that the 2nd & 3rd floors are being used by the University & there is a rink on the 3rd floor. Ideal? No, realistic, yes. Better then tearing it down

    • michiganhockey11 - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      Yeah, thanks for jumping on the Detroit (bowels of America) sucks bandwagon. Tell us something we don’t know. There are a lot of innovative things growing in Detroit right now (besides the herb and working girls).

      League should have bought it and relocated the HHOF inside. Granted I hope they gave fans the chance to buy seats like they did with the Montreal Forum.

  5. nhlbruins90 - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Yes, better than tearing it down. The old Boston Garden is a patch of asphalt now. For those who get nostalgic in Toronto or Montreal, at least you can go shopping.

  6. greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Or better yet, not having it torn down to be a parking for Mall of America. I miss the Met Center.

  7. sf49erguy - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    haha. A Bob Loblaw reference. love it..

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