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Maple Leaf Gardens - Taking care of all your grocery needs!
The historic Maple Leaf Gardens has been sold to a division of Loblaws, a leading grocery chain in Canada. And yes, it will be converted to a grocery store along with other retail outlets in a couple of years. The Loblaws press release mentioned that they would continue to maintain the rich Toronto Maple Leafs history
within the building.
I don't know about this...wouldn't it just be much easier to just level the building and build whatever is needed? How did Montreal, Boston and Chicago handle their old arenas when new facilities were built?
Russian competition for the NHL?
Even though somewhat below the radar, the Russian Hockey League is quietly gaining steam. It seems that a lot of ex-NHLers like Dmitri Yushkevich, Oleg Tverdovsky and several non-Russian players are choosing to head east to Russian teams with well healed owners. Several NHL stars including Alexander Mogilny, Sergei Fedorov, Jaromir Jagr, and Ilya Kovalchuk have either decided or will consider playing in Russia next year if an NHL collective bargaining deal isn't worked out. In a way, its good to see that the NHL might face some competition in the near future...both the owners and the players association seem to have based their strategies on the assumption that they would continue to hold a monopoly on professional hockey.