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Let’s meet for lunch at ‘centre ice’ in the new Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens downtown Toronto

UPDATE: November/15 2012 - Tell me it’s not true, they painted over the centre ice spot? They should hang hockey sticks over it with RED LIGHTS a blazing.

UPDATE: August 13/2012 -  The grocery store is open, but now the ice-rink on top of MLG has announced it will open September 6-9, 2012. It will officially seat 2796 with many of the old seats from Maple Leaf Gardens.

It is open now and you can actually rent the ice ($300 hour) for a practice or a game, and then streetcar goes right to the door.

Toronto, Canada - The new Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens downtown Toronto is a breath of fresh air, for any grocery shopper. The red carpet and the wonderful band playing on the second level is gone, but the shopping will continue as thousands are still shopping.

I’m the furthest thing from a shopaholic and especially grocery shopping, but Loblaws has made the experience much more bearable at the renovated historic landmark.

The pleasant level of the background music, the friendly staff throughout the store from merchandise isles to the checkout, where they even bag your groceries.

One thing I was very disappointed in however, was the non-attention applied to the “centre ice” red dot signifying where the original face-off spot was for the Maple Leafs (one of the original six in the NHL) over the many years they entertained us. I looked and looked, and couldn’t find the red dot, and I even tried to place myself so I could estimate where it might be.

I expected a flashing red light, spotlights from every corner of the store, but no, just a twelve-inch red dot in the middle of isle number, oops I don’t want to destroy the excitement, you will have to look for it yourself. People were walking over it without looking and someone actually parked their shopping cart right on top of it, shameful. Maybe I’m getting a little too excited, but it seems like a big deal to me.

When people walked by as I took pictures many said “what’s he doing” but others would say, “It’s centre ice.” Why wouldn’t someone want a picture of one of the most exciting and historic places in hockey history anywhere.

Ryerson University ice rink on top floor of MLG, opens September 6-9/2012

Now I’m settling down and can now concentrate on grocery shopping and waiting for the next stage, when the new ice rink on the top floor of Maple Leaf Gardens opens September 6-9, 2012, for Ryerson Rams, who will play their home games for the Ryerson University, which will also include, Peter Gilgan Athletic Centre facilities just below the ice rink.

Maybe Loblaws overlooked the significance of the red dot and who knows, you may see a flashing light or a few hockey sticks hanging from the high ceiling as you walk through the store in the near future, we can always hope.

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George W. Huguely V (5th) privileged athlete, guilty of murder in Virginia – sentenced to 23 years

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - George W. Huguely (V-5th) 22 at time of murder, was found guilty and sentenced to 23 years in prison for the vicious murder of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland.

She was found dead in a blood spattered filled pillow in her room, May 2010 after being killed by Huguely after a night of drinking and fighting. Both were lacrosse players on the University of Virginia respective lacrosse teams. Huguely is originally from Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Huguely will most likely spend most of his time in prison, segregated and in protective custody. Prison will not be like summer camp.

His defence attorney had suggested a sentence of 14 years, but Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire disagreed and followed the direction of the jury and sentenced him to 23 years in prison.

He came from a privileged upbringing, going to private schools ($23,000 per year) and from a prominent family in Maryland.

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Annaleise Carr, 14, youngest person to make the 52.5 km swim across Lake Ontario, lands at CNE Sunday night Marilyn Bell Park

Toronto, Canada - Annaleise Carr, 14, made the 52.5 km swim across Lake Ontario, youngest teen ever to conquer this feat since Marilyn Bell in 1954 when she was only 18. Bell is now 73, and was on the rescue boats as she made her way across the lake.

Carr was raising funds for Trillium Camp, for children with cancer and succeeded in raising over $100,000 for her cause with donations are still coming in, her goal was originally to raise $50,000.

The swim started in Niagara-on-the-lake at 6:15 pm Saturday night and she endured the rough waters to make it to Marilyn Bell Park at the CNE grounds around 9:30 pm yesterday.

Carr’s attempt was to raise funds for the Camp Trillium which assists children with cancer, and her goal was to raise $50,000.

She will undoubtedly have some interesting stories to tell when she returns to school in September about how she completed such a wonderful accomplishment.

Donations to support Camp Trillium can be made through the website raiseathon.ca/arc/

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Ryerson officially re-opens the ‘Carlton Street Mint’ at the old Maple Leaf Gardens as it is reborn

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was on hand today for the official opening of the Ryerson Mattamy Athletic Centre ice-rink.

It’s on the top floor of the 70-year-old Maple Leaf Gardens (MLG) at Church and Carlton in downtown Toronto.

MLG is one of the original six NHL hockey franchises and was built-in 1931, it underwent extensive renovations and has been idle for the past 10 years. It is the only original six arenas still standing.

The new ice rink which will seat 2,796 will open September 6-9, 2012 and is just feet from the roof of the original ice surface where over 16,000 watched the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Ryerson University is occupying three levels, with a complete athletic centre on one and a basketball and training facilities on the other two floors of the original 10 storey building.

Ryerson officially re-opens the ‘Carlton Street Mint’ at the old Maple Leaf Gardens as it is reborn, a term coined from Leaf diehards.

The original building which opened in 1931 was constructed for $1.5 million ($21.9 million in 2012 dollars) but renovation costs of the building were over $70 million, with almost $20 million from the Federal Government.

I was fortunate enough to be given a piece of hockey history during the construction process at Maple Leaf Gardens as I picked this brick from the outside of the MLG.

It’s something I shall cherish for the rest of my life, and can’t wait to see the first hockey game at the ‘NEW’ Maple Leaf Gardens Ryerson Mattomy Athletic Centre ice-rink.

You can see the opening ceremonies on CTV HERE

Or the CBC report HERE

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Toronto Maple Leafs new owners ‘change the focus to winning’ what a bunch of ‘Gobbledygook’

Toronto, Canada - Yes the MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) is about to be taken over by Rogers and Bell   in a deal struck last year when the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan sold their part of the organization for $ 3.1 billion.

But to suggest that they now plan on concentrating on winning and getting into the playoffs, is a real joke, to anyone who knows anything about the sports scene in Toronto.

MLSE own the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, AHL Marlies, Toronto FC Soccer team, and the Air Canada Centre. It’s close to being one of the most successful sports franchises in the world, money wise, and yet have had very little success on the field or the ice recently.

The Leafs haven’t made the NHL playoffs since 2004, although the Toronto Marlies advanced and lost the AHL Calder Cup final just last year.

The Raptors haven’t been to the playoffs since 2007 when they won the NBA Atlantic division, and haven’t visited the playoffs since 2008.

This new concept ‘on winning’ seems a little, too little, too late.

But then the Toronto sports fans just put up with it, and keep buying the tickets, and keep watching and hoping for a winning combination.

Will it happen? We hope so, but hope is all we have to offer and yet the MLSE just keeps getting richer and richer. We haven’t seen a Stanley Cup since 1969 and still the Air Canada Centre is the most sold-out arena in North America.

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Danny Boyle: Amazing chopper flight pass of the Queen and James Bond (Daniel Craig) at the London 2012 Olympics ‘Video’

Danny Boyle, 56,  Academy Award winner for movie of the year, Slumdog Millionaire directed the opening ceremonies at the Olympics in London 2012, and did a smashing job.

If you missed it, you missed the best part of the opening ceremonies, it is here for the time being.

There is no way of knowing how long this video will stay up on YouTube but if you missed it, it was the best part.

Boyle did an amazing job as expected and deserves an award for his efforts.

How did Danny Boyle ever get  Queen Elizabeth II, 86,  to ever agree to this little fantasy?

It was truly memorable and exciting up to the moment when (it appeared) the Queen was jumping from the Royal Chopper. (it was a stunt double, of course)

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99th annual – Le Tour de France 2012: ‘The greatest sporting event in the world’

Foix, France - The event started in 1903 and this bike race across France has drawn competitors from around the world and this three-week race is half way through, ending July 22/2012 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris.

Yesterday was the 14th stage of 20, the race which goes through the mountains, cities and towns of France, the 99th, a total of 3,497km (just over 2100 miles.)

A mishap occurred yesterday that has not happened since the 1920′s when it was disclosed that a spectator may have thrown carpet tacks on the roadway near the top of one of the mountains. Several racers encountered flat tires which happens occasionally, but not 10 within five minutes.

The whole race is being covered by NBC Sports and can also be viewed LIVE on TSN2 in Canada early each day. Not only are the racers incredible, the scenic parts of France are a beautiful site through all the small towns scattered throughout the country.

The dedication and endurance of all the nearly 200 racers is astounding and after 14 stages about 35 have had to drop out due to serious injuries on the 99th annual road race.

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AHL: Fluke goal. Toronto Marlies lose to Norfolk Admirals,Virginia, in OT 1-0 at Ricoh Coliseum

Toronto, Canada - In a fluke shot from centre ice Norfolk’s Mike Kostka shoots the puck into the Marlies corner and it goes off a stanchion and directly into the net. Norfolk Admirals are now winning best of seven series, 3-0 in AHL Calder Cup Finals.

In one of the most bizarre shots, Norfolk’s Kostka shoots the puck from centre ice and it hits the far corner where the glass is held on the rink-side. Marlies goalie Ben Scrivens goes behind the net anticipating the puck coming around, but it bounces off the stanchion directly into the empty net.
The sellout crowd of 8,084 (extra seats were added) were in shock as they awaited to see the replay on the scoreboard.
It took a while for them to find the right angle to show the shot, and many fans thought they might not replay the fluke bounce.
Kostka who was raised locally in Etobicoke, was just doing what defencemen do, shoot it in and follow up, but even he was surprised by the unusual bounce at 9:09 of the first over-time.
Right at the end of the first period, Norfolk had questioned a possible goal, but the officials finally decided it didn’t go in, after consulting with the goal judge Ed Butler, to the rousing applause of the fans.
Head coach of Norfolk, Jon Cooper said after the game, “I’m sick to my stomach for Scrivens, it was a tough break for the kid, but I would rather it go in our favour than theirs. Toronto pushed in the first, and was clearly the better team in the first period.”
Norfolk has done very well this year with 42 wins in the last 44 games, but because of the AHL scheduling, these are the first three games Marlies have ever played them.
The Marlies must now win the final three games against Norfold with the next two at Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm, they will also be broadcast on Sportsnet One. If necessary, the seventh game would be back in Norfolk, Virginia and broadcast on LeafsTV.
It’s the first time in about 45 years Toronto has ever seen professional hockey in June, let’s hope it’s not the last. Because of the warm weather, even extra air conditioning was attached to the building almost 100 year old Ricoh Coliseum
The original Coliseum was built by Mayor T.L. Chruch as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1921 and at the time was the largest facility in North America before the Maple Leafs Gardens was built in 1931.
It was renovated in 2003 and an artificial ice pad was added to the facility as well as extra seats.
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