Arena Name: Ted Reeve Community Arena Capacity: 1350 Built: 1954 Last OHL game: 1957 Address: 175 Main St, Toronto, ON M4E 2W2 Ice Surface Size: Unknown
Ted Reeve Arena
What Was the Arena Like?
With thanks to the @OHLHistory Twitter account, an article was found confirming that the St. Michael's Majors and Toronto Marlboros played a regular season OHA game on Nov. 6, 1957 at Ted Reeve Arena in the Beaches neighbourhood in Eastern Toronto. The reason for the game being played was, as one would expect, a double-booking at Maple Leaf Gardens. The arena was new at that time, but it still stands today, and if it's known in wider hockey culture, it's from being used as the filming location for most of the hockey scenes of the 1986 movie Youngblood.
The arena still stands and is still used for minor and community hockey. It's a squat, barrel-roofed, yellow-brick building sitting on a street corner adjacent to a baseball diamond. The building interior feels like a 1950's OHL arena in miniature - it's got the same wooden roof, the same press box, the same nooks and crannies and painted brick walls - but it's also tiny and intimate, with only three rows of seating surrounding the ice. There's a concourse at the top of the seating area that extends around the rink, and that's Ted Reeve Arena.
To the best of my knowledge, that single game in 1957 is the only time that the OHL ever played at Ted Reeve. But if there were ever a candidate for a "Hockey Day in Canada" kind of OHL exhibition game at an intimate community barn that still feels important, Ted Reeve Arena would be a great choice. It's a remarkably cool junior B rink and well worth walking around if you're ever in that part of Toronto.
Inside Ted Reeve Arena
What's the Arena Used for Today?
Ted Reeve Arena still stands to serve the local community in the eastern part of Toronto.
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