Home to Hockey Night in
Canada, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Don Cherry and the storied
Leafs, Toronto is indeed the centre of the hockey universe.
But did you know . . .
- Before becoming the Maple Leafs, the franchise had several
names, including the Torontos, the Arenas and the St. Pats, and the
team''s first games were played in the long-gone Arena
- The Toronto Maple Leafs might never have come about if the
legendary hockey czar Conn Smythe hadn''t been fired by the
start-up New York Rangers. And why were the Rangers practicing in
Toronto and not New York?
- Maple Leaf Gardens came into existence only after
Depression-era construction workers agreed to take pay cuts and
accept shares in MLG, which proved to be a boon for the
- In addition to the incredible displays, films, exhibits and the
exact replica of the fabled Montreal Canadiens dressing room, the
Hockey Hall of Fame is rumoured to be haunted by a ghost. A
disgruntled non-inductee? Not exactly.
Steven Sandor stands on his head with
this cannonading tour of Toronto''s rich hockey past and present.
Combining entertaining stories with contemporary and historic
photographs, the Illustrated Guide to Hockey Sites &
History: Toronto shoots and scores on every shift. The stories
break out fast with wonderful characters and trivia spanning over a
century of hockey history. Maps and directions are provided for
anyone who wants to come off the bench and visit the sites. Steven
also recommends a few establishments around the city where healthy
scratches can enjoy a beverage and watch the game.