It was home to the Toronto Huskies (1946–1947) in their single season in the Basketball Association of America (a forerunner of the National Basketball Association), the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey League, the Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association (1974–1976), the Toronto Blizzard of the North American Soccer League (1980–1982 indoor seasons), the Toronto Shooting Stars of the National Professional Soccer League (1996–1997), and the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League (1999–2000).
The NBA's Buffalo Braves played a total of 16 regular season games at Maple Leaf Gardens from 1971–75. It was also one of the few venues outside of the United States where Elvis Presley performed in concert (April 2, 1957).
In 1972, Maple Leaf Gardens hosted game 2 of the famous Summit Series between Team Canada and the USSR. The Toronto Maple Leafs had been playing in the Arena Gardens on Mutual Street.
By 1930, Leafs managing director Conn Smythe decided the Arena was too small and he wanted to build a new arena, larger and more impressive.
Ownership of the hockey team was transferred to MLGL in return for shares.
Intending right from the start that the Gardens would host other events, W. Hewitt, sports editor of the Toronto Star, was hired as general manager of Maple Leaf Gardens to oversee all events other than professional hockey.
Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1931–1999) Toronto Huskies (BAA) (1946–1947) Toronto Marlboros (OHL) (1931–1989) Toronto Tecumsehs (ILL) (1932) Toronto Maple Leafs (ILL) (1932) Toronto Maple Leafs (NLA) (1968) Toronto Toros (WHA) (1974–1976) Buffalo Braves (NBA) (1971–1975) Toronto Tomahawks (NLL) (1974) Toronto Blizzard (NASL) (1980–1982 indoor) Toronto Shooting Stars (NPSL) (1996–1997) Toronto Raptors (NBA) (1997–1999) Toronto St.
Michael's Majors (OHL) (1997–2000) Toronto Rock (NLL) (1999–2000) Mattamy Athletic Centre Ryerson Rams (CIS) (2012–present) Toronto Shooting Stars (CLax) (2013) Toronto Predators (GMHL) (2013–present) Maple Leaf Gardens is a historic building located at the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street in Toronto, Canada.
The building was initially constructed as an arena to host ice hockey games, but has since been reconstructed for other uses.Today Maple Leaf Gardens is a multi-purpose facility, with Loblaws occupying retail space on the lower floors and an arena for Toronto's Ryerson University, known as Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens, occupying another level.Considered one of the "cathedrals" of ice hockey, it was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League from 1931 to 1999.The Leafs won the Stanley Cup 11 times from 1932 to 1967 while playing at the Gardens.The first NHL All-Star Game, albeit an unofficial one, was held at the Gardens in 1934 as a benefit for Leafs forward Ace Bailey, who had suffered a career-ending head injury.The first official annual National Hockey League All-Star Game was also held at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1947.