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Welcome to Maple Leaf Gardens: Photographs and Memories from Canada's Most Famous Arena [Paperback]

Graig Abel , Lance Hornby , Darryl Sittler
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Sept. 1 2013

From its unfathomable construction in the grip of the Great Depression to its closing in 1999 and its current status as Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, this lush, nostalgic history captures the former Maple Leaf Gardens hockey arena in all its glory. With a compelling narrative from the Toronto Maple Leafs’ official photographer Graig Abel, and Toronto Sun hockey reporter Lance Hornby, more than 240 color photos form a documentary that is the definitive chronicle of the team’s former venue. Beginning with team manager Conn Smythe’s dream of building a landmark arena of the likes of the New York Rangers’ in midtown Manhattan and opening night on November 12, 1931, against the Chicago Blackhawks through more than 2,500 games and a myriad of other sports matches, concerts, and events—performances by Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and the Beatles; election rallies held by Prime Ministers William Lyon Mackenzie King and Pierre Trudeau; and the historic bout between Muhammad Ali and George Chuvalo—this work details the storied saga of Toronto’s once premier showcase. Views of the edifice over the years and shots of the many events and the audiences who attended are among the book’s never-before-seen photos.

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Lance Hornby has written, edited, and contributed to several hockey books, including Hockey’s Greatest Moments and The Story of Maple Leaf Gardens. He has covered the Toronto Maple Leafs and the National Hockey League for the Toronto Sun since l986. He lives in Toronto. Graig Abel has been the official photographer of the Toronto Maple Leafs for more than 35 years. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Darryl Sittler holds the NHL record for the most points in a game and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He currently represents the Maple Leafs in the areas of marketing, community relations, and alumni relations. He lives in Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book! Nov. 5 2013
This is a fantastic book. Full of great pictures and stories that I'd never heard before. An absolute must for a leaf/gardens/hockey freak!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with Photos Jan. 17 2014
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This is a great collection of MLG pictures and little tidbits of trivia around the building and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Highly recommend this for any older fan of the Leafs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Dec 14 2013
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Very interesting life story and photographs of the Gardens and many special events held there. Very well done Greig Abel.
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