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Lakeshore Lions Arena

The Lakeshore Lions Arena (Lakeshore Lions Memorial Centre) is a hockey facility run in Toronto's Long Branch neighbourhood in Etobicoke by the Lakeshore Lions Club. It is the former practice facility for the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey team, and the Toronto Marlies AHL "farm" team.

The old area was a two storey rink built in 1951 at 300 Birmingham Street and is home to Humber College Arts and Media Studio.

The Lions opened a new facility, called the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, to replace the old arena in fall 2009 and located northeast of the original rink at 400 Kipling Avenue. The club spent three years on negotiations, and $250,000 on planning.[1]

Brian Hoskins, vice-chairman of the arena board told the Humber EtCetera, "This is a sports facility operated by a not-for-profit service club. All the profits go back to the community. We have to have professional tenants to make it work. Our primary time is occupied here by youth hockey. The Leafs are here from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when we don't have a lot of use of it. That is why it is such a good marriage for us."[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Olga Eremeeva, "Lakeshore to play host to Leafs and Marlies", Humber EtCetera, Toronto: Humber College Journalism program, 26 January 2006.

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