Mount Royal Arena

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Mount Royal Arena
Mount Royal Arena as it appeared in the 1920s.
Location Mount Royal and St. Urbain Street, Montreal, Quebec
Coordinates 45°31′8″N 73°35′12″W / 45.51889°N 73.58667°W / 45.51889; -73.58667Coordinates: 45°31′8″N 73°35′12″W / 45.51889°N 73.58667°W / 45.51889; -73.58667
Owner Thomas Duggan
George Kennedy
Capacity 6,000 (10,000 including standing room)
Surface natural ice
Construction
Broke ground 1919
Opened 1920
Tenants
Montreal Canadiens (1920-26)

The Mount Royal Arena was an indoor arena located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the corner of Mount Royal and St. Urbain Street.[1] It was home of the National Hockey League (NHL) Montreal Canadiens from 1920 to 1926, before moving to the then two year old Montreal Forum. It had a capacity of 6,000 seated, 10,000 when including standing room. It was a natural ice rink without machines to mechanically freeze the ice.

It opened partly unfinished on January 10, 1920 for a game between the Canadiens and Toronto,[2] won by Montreal 14-7. A week later, parts of a balcony broke before a game with Ottawa, and police stopped sales at 6,500.[2] The rink had been built quickly to house the Canadiens who had lost their arena, Jubilee Arena to fire in 1919.

The Canadiens eventually moved from the arena because of its uneven natural ice surface. The team wanted a mechanically-frozen ice surface, but never was able to get one in this rink, as owner Thomas Duggan concentrated on getting American franchises into the NHL rather than fulfilling his statements that he would install ice-making equipment in the arena.

After the Canadiens left, the arena was converted into an auditorium, later into a commercial building. While an auditorium, Enrico Caruso sang there and Norman Bethune once gave an important speech to rally his supporters.[3] On February 29, 2000, it was destroyed by fire. A Provigo supermarket now stands on the arena's former site.[3]

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1, 1893-1926 inc. 
  • Mouton, Claude (1987). The Montreal Canadiens. Key Porter Books. 
  1. ^ Mouton(1987), p. 111
  2. ^ a b Coleman(1966), p. 366
  3. ^ a b Peritz, Ingrid (March 1, 2000). "Costly Morning Fire Claims Home of the Montreal Canadiens". The Globe and Mail. p. A03. 
Preceded by
Jubilee Arena
Home of the
Montreal Canadiens

1920 – 1926
Succeeded by
Montreal Forum