Maple Leafs finally sell Gardens

Updated: October 22, 2003, 12:21 AM ET
Associated Press

Toronto Maple Leafs: The home of the Maple Leafs for seven decades will become a food and retail market.

The famed Maple Leaf Gardens has been sold to a division of the Loblaws grocery store chain.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., owner of Toronto's Maple Leafs and the Raptors, announced the deal Tuesday to Canada's largest food distributor. The sale is expected to be completed by early next year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

MLSE, which opened Air Canada Centre in 1999 to become the home of the Leafs and Raptors, has been trying to sell the Gardens for four years.

The grocery chain plans to open the food and retail market in 2005, with parts of the building reflecting the arena's history.

Colorado Avalanche: Rookie Marek Svatos will have surgery next week on his left shoulder and could miss the rest of the regular season.

The forward partially dislocated his shoulder in Colorado's second game of the season. The same shoulder required season-ending surgery in January when Svatos was in the American Hockey League.

Svatos led Colorado in scoring during the preseason but did not have a point in two regular-season games.


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