Wednesday 8 October 2014

Record of the Week: Hockey season opens

Today the 2014-15 NHL season begins.
Thirty-five years ago, G. Emmett Cardinal Carter, then Archbishop of Toronto, opened the 1979-1980 hockey season at Maple Leaf Gardens. A postcard was printed to commemorate the occasion.  

It was a significant year for Carter; he was elevated to the Sacred College of Cardinals in June of 1979. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing another home opener tonight, this time against arch rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. Cardinal Carter was born and educated in Montreal.  We wonder who he would have been cheering for...

Postcard showing: G. Emmett Cardinal Carter shaking hands with Dave Maloney of the New York Rangers; Harold Ballard (president of Maple Leaf Gardens); and Darryl Sittler (Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs)
ARCAT Photographs Collection, PH 18/28PC
We may have kept a few more copies than strictly necessary.

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