Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Home Ice

Build it and they will come.

The importance of the local arena and it's significance to the game of hockey cannot be understated. It is the home to youth programs, the first step in the process of advancing through the various stages of organized hockey.

It would be a thrill for any sports-minded individual to have a local hockey arena named after them. In some cases the rink is named after an athlete, or the community worker who has dedicated many hours of labour to an organization.

One of the older rinks in the City of Toronto - Ted Reeve Arena - is named after not only an athlete and community conscious citizen, but an award winning journalist.

Ted Reeve Arena

Plaque honouring Ted Reeve
 Ted Reeve was a writer who's work appeared in the sports pages of the now defunct Toronto Telegram. Born in 1902, Reeve won 2 Grey Cups and a Mann Cup in lacrosse. In the Beaches neighbourhood (east Toronto), he tirelessly worked as a volunteer helping to arrange numerous sporting events and youth leagues.

He worked for the Telegram from 1923 to 1971. His column, Sporting Extras, was a popular feature in the paper, and Reeve won a National Newspaper Award for Excellence in 1961.

December 1955
 In a time when Toronto was a force in Junior hockey, Sunday afternoon double-headers were immensely popular at Maple Leaf Gardens. Also, Ted Reeve Arena played host to both the Toronto Marlboros (defending 1954 Memorial Cup Champions) and the St. Mikes Majors. One can only imagine the number of future NHL players who skated on the ice at Ted Reeve, at one time or another.

Graduates to that wonderful era of Original Six hockey.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jim! I'd like to talk to you about permission to use one of your pictures. How can I reach you please?