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Seasonal Tales

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Welcome to the spookiest night of the season, when the NHL morphs into the National Haunted League.

A time to look into mischievous Forum ghosts, a wandering spirit at the Hall Of Fame, the walls of Maple Leaf Gardens coming to life — and a reminder that a defenceman named Jim Boo was a six-game apparition for the Minnesota North Stars in the 1970s. Some Halloween tricks and treats:...

Overnight security guards at the Gardens in its final years would mention unusual creaks and groans from the doorways. They were attributed to wind, although Carlton St. had very thick concrete walls.

Wayne Gillespie, the last building superintendent before it closed, was walking alone past the many classic black and white pictures along the East corridor one evening, glancing at the photo of the Kid Line (Joe Primeau, Busher Jackson and Charlie Conacher).

“I suddenly sensed the presence of all three of them walking ahead of me, talking about a player on another team and how they were going to cover him the next game.

“It was like I was inside a James Lumbers illustration (the Canadian artist specialized in historical photos melded with modern day images). I swear, I had to stop in my tracks, almost frozen until I came out of this trance.”


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