It was February 13, 1999, the day of the final NHL game at Maple Leaf Gardens. It featured the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks playing for the last victory in the building. Sixty-eight years of memories and dreams at the "Grande Ole Lady" on Carlton Street was about to come to an end.
Maple Leaf Gardens was home to some of the greatest hockey games ever played, visits from the pope, haulocaust protests, concerts by bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and various other events that helped shape the history, culture, and definition of Toronto. It was clear this was the end of an era. Built during the climax of the great depression in less than six months, Maple Leaf Gardens was a marvel of engineering for its time.
The game itself ended in a Chicago victory with last goal being scored by Bob Probert. The last Leaf goal was scored by Todd Warriner marking the final time the roar of the crowd would be heard at the Hockey Shrine at 60 Carlton.
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