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Then and now: Toronto's hallowed hockey hall

A look at Maple Leaf Gardens and its transformation from a famous NHL arena to a university rink and Loblaws supermarket

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Maple Leaf Gardens, built in 1931, sits on Carleton Street in Toronto.

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Quiet in December, 2009, this corridor was a bustling area as players would walk through this area on their way back to the locker room.

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Rows of empty seats at Maple Leaf Gardens.

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Rows of empty seats at Maple Leaf Gardens.

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Harold Ballard, former owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, would watch games from the private box (just above the yellow seats) in one corner of the arena.

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The old Toronto Maple Leafs locker room.

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Photo showing the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup (1967).

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The empty ice surface at the venerable Maple Leaf Gardens was the site of an announcement that will see supermarket chain Loblaws opening a store there.

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Galen Weston Jr. and and Jim Flaherty at the start of the press conference.

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Artist rendering of the renovated Maple Leaf Gardens.

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Construction begins. The seating has been removed and most of it sold off, exposing the corridors and windows and allowing natural light to fill the empty space.

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All construction photos taken on May 7, 2010.

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Peter Gilgan, founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, left, faces off against Sheldon Levy, president and vice-chancellor of Ryerson University during a ceremonial puck drop by John Carmichael, MP for Don Valley West, inside the old Maple Leaf Gardens on Nov. 29, 2011.

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Peter Gilgan, who has contributed $15-million to Ryerson for its new athletic facility, speaks at a news conference. The new facility will be named the Peter Gilgan Athletic Centre.

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People work to deliver items to the new Loblaws store inside the old Maple Leaf Gardens. The official opening of the new store is Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at 8 a.m.

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