Maple Leaf Gardens time capsule

October 19, 2011 by staff 

Maple Leaf Gardens time capsuleMaple Leaf Gardens time capsule, Teams work to rebuild the landmark Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens have found something that could be a historical treasure – but exactly what is still a mystery.

Maple Leaf Gardens was built in the midst of the Great Depression and opened in Carlton Street in 1931.

For over 60 years, the hockey team, which bears the same name as the building, played on ice – until February 1999 when the team moved to the Air Canada Centre.

Maple Leaf Gardens is being rebuilt, remodeled and renovated to become a giant Loblaws supermarket and a sports center for Toronto’s Ryerson University.

But recently, when teams were removing some stone floors near the old entrance they found something.

According to Randall Gwizdo he was working on the site, which was a bricklayer who discovered the treasure.

“All I know is what the super [Mayor] said. The masons are below the front doors of the stone that marks the name of the building and picked it up and found the time capsule.”

Gwizdo said workers found the capsule as well as “a rule book from 1931, a newspaper and think otherwise.”

“Loblaws came down and took [the capsule] immediately,” said Gwizdo “Actually, nobody has to see it.”

In an emailed statement to CBC News Loblaws confirmed that he had taken possession of the capsule, but did not say much more.

“Thank you for your inquiry. We found items in the construction, but currently being evaluated and validated. We will be in touch once we have more information. Thank you for your interest,” the company said.

Phil Pritchard, curator of the Hall of Fame Hockey, I had no idea there was a time capsule, but is excited to think about what might be inside.

“When I heard this morning was pretty amazing,” he told CBC News. “I want to be online. If there are pieces of hockey we’d love to have you here.”

Gwizdo says he would like to see the time capsule passed along to the Hall of Fame as well, “because it is the history of hockey, right? Everyone should see.”

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