Strongly considering banning Jimmyemeryhunter for posting something so offensive on the forums. That video is clearly a violation of some rule and I want that minute of my life back. (Yes. I made it a minute).
Posted by F.Michael
on 09 December 2014 - 10:53 AM
I've only been to a handful but JLA and the Bell Centre are both great.
Maple Leaf Gardens was such a cool arena too with it's one long-sloped side and generally weird layout.
I wish I could have made it to Boston Gardens as well.
Back in 1990 - a buddy of mine, and I took a road trip to Toronto in late June.
We stayed at the Neill-Wycik dorms which was a short walk from the Maple Leaf Gardens...The front doors were wide open, and the security guys let us walk around for nearly 30 min...Had a good laugh with 1 of the maintenance guys; talking about the Leafs, etc.
Toronto is a fun city to visit.
The Joe hands down. And I have been to Scottrade, TD Garden, United Center (Joe Louis West as I call it.)
Yeah - back in the late 90's I was at the UC for a Hawks/Wings game...Half the crowd - maybe more - were Red Wing fans (keep in mind this was when the Hawks really sucked).
Everyone around me, and my buddies were Wings fans, and when the Hawk fans started their usual 'DETROIT SUCKS' chant - we started our own 'STANLEY CUPS' chant.....Within a few minutes many other Wing fans in surrounding sections joined in, and before you knew it we were drowning out the Hawk fans.
I know I am probably a little biased but I love the Joe. The low ceilings, its not flashy but loud. The fans are the most critical of there own team but the most knowledgeable. As well as decent price. I know opinions can change from location of the tickets to the year of the team. This was my take.
Other rinks I have attended:
Maple Leaf Gardens (Toronto)- I was 10 years old I don't remember much. But the wings won and Yzerman was involved in a line fight.
ACC (Toronto)- Food was good but way over priced, the fans.... It was a sell-out and the place was packed, but I don't know where the fans were. only time I saw excitement was when Kessel touched the puck. One thing I noticed about games in Toronto as soon as they have the puck in the offensive zone the crowd yells "SHOOT!"
Corel /Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa) - 70% were disappointed wing fans. We got destroyed that night. nice clean area.
Civic center (Pittsburgh) - The old Igloo before Crosby and after Lemieux. Half empty dumbest fans I have ever met. Most had no clue what was going on. It was just sad.
American Airlines Center (Dallas) - Multiple games during a 3 month work stint. Good crowd, surprisingly knew the game well. Food and tickets were good and cheap. 11 dollars for any upper bowl seat. Tons of promos and fan interaction. probably my 2nd favorite besides the Joe.
HSBC/ First Niagara Center (Buffalo) - much like Dallas just more expensive but far from Toronto. And I have seen the Wings, Ottawa and Boston play, and it is hard to find a Buffalo fan.
That short bit about Weiss saying someone left a note on his car is extremely cool to me. I felt pretty bad for the guy, not being able to play the game he loves for so long and probably getting a lot of flak to boot.
Anyway cool for Detroit. It's nice to know that we're not the only ones who think we're a sweet sports city!
When my father was dying of lung cancer, my younger brother, whom like my dad is a huge Habs fan, sent a letter to the Canadiens organization requesting words of encouragement. Within a week, he received a letter for my dad, it was a hand written letter by Jean Beliveau wishing him the best, and thanking him for his many years of fandom.
I will never forget the look on my dad's face after reading that letter. It truly brought him joy in a very difficult time.
“This was clearly a mistake on our part and we accept full responsibility. It is incumbent upon us to be more vigilant in managing this situation to ensure that Slava’s allowable training activities always remain separate from the team.”
Considering the whole team was on the ice for an "optional" practice, it's hard to believe it was just an oversight. I'm just not sure what their thinking was.