The end of junior hockey in T.O.
Eugene Melnyk is finally getting his Toronto-St. Michael's Majors into a bigger, more modern arena.
As expected, the Ontario Hockey League team is moving to Mississauga, Ont., and will be known as the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors.
When I first moved to Toronto, I lived next to and went to quite a few games at St. Mike's old rickety rink, and the 1,000 seater offered a junior hockey experience unlike any other. It was almost like going back in time to Kamloops' old Memorial Arena, a barn that the Blazers moved out of in the early '90s and into one of those 5,000+ arenas that are the rage in medium-sized cities these days.
So, there goes the Canadian Hockey League's presence in the country's biggest hockey market, to the benefit of some deserving fans in St. Catharines. I'm glad the Majors were here while I was still plugged into the OHL, and down the line, I can be one of those old guys who says "remember when junior hockey left T.O."
Labels: junior hockey