Maple Leaf Gardens auction to star penalty box



2015-06-26 13:01:05

Maple Leaf Gardens auction to star penalty box

A penalty box from Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens will highlight a major memorabilia sale of the NHL team

Hockey fans have the chance to own memorabilia from Toronto's historic Maple Leaf Gardens this month.

Built for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs in 1931, the team left the building for the last time in 1999 after 68 years in residence and 11 Stanley Cups.

Maple Leaf Gardens memorabilia Toronto Maple Leaf fans hold the Gardens dear to their hearts

Regarded as one of the cathedrals of hockey, the auction is expected to attract interest from both Leafs fans and collectors of the great game.

The 100 items up for grabs come from the collection of Sherm Cunningham, who bought them at the original sell off of the building's memorabilia in 2000 for around $500,000.

The Maple Leaf Gardens penalty box is one of the standout items.

Bought for $7,700 by Cunningham, it received several of the game's most famous pugilists. Those include former Maple Leafs captain and renowned scrapper Wendel Clark, who told the Toronto Sun newspaper: I don't know if it today's players could fit in there.

"Some guys are six foot six now and that place felt small if you were five foot 10. If there were more than two players in there, you had to stand outside with the fans."

Other itemsfor saleinclude a banner celebrating the 1967 Stanley Cup victory, the last time the Leafs raised the trophy. It sold for $66,000 in 2000.

Parts of the old dressing room, including the toilet, will also feature, as will a collage from the first season at the Gardens, 1931-32.

"It's [the collage] been there since the Gardens opened, and stuff like that has huge demand," the auction house's owner, Hersh Borenstein, told the country's National Post newspaper.

"That's what makes it so cool, being in the mecca of Toronto sports and having an opportunity to own this stuff."

The online auction takes place from October 11 to November 14.

View our sports memorabilia for auction here.

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