Ryerson, Loblaw honoured with MLG heritage plaque

Maple Leafs alumni Bob Nevin, left, and Terry Clancy, centre, join Rams women's hockey team's Janella Brodett to unveil the Heritage Toronto plaque awarded to Ryerson and Loblaw Companies Ltd. (Bruce Laregina / Ryersonian Staff)

Maple Leafs alumni Bob Nevin, left, and Terry Clancy, centre, join Rams women’s hockey team’s Janella Brodett to unveil the Heritage Toronto plaque awarded to Ryerson and Loblaw Companies Ltd. (Bruce Laregina / Ryersonian Staff)

Heritage Toronto unveiled a commemorative plaque Thursday to honour Ryerson University and Loblaw’s involvement in the restoration of the historic Maple Leaf Gardens.

The plaque, inscribed with details of the landmark’s 80-year history, comes soon after the school was recognized with a 2013 award of merit from Heritage Toronto in October. It will be mounted on a post inside the building’s main entrance facing Carlton Street, and will be joined eventually by a similar plaque from the federal government.

Ryerson president Sheldon Levy attended the ceremony to unveil the plaque and share his memories of the building.

“I grew up in Toronto with the memories of sitting in the greys (seats) whenever I had the chance, watching Keon, Mahovlich … and dreaming of the Leafs,” Levy said. “This (restoration) surpassed my dreams.”

The restoration work included extensive masonry remediation, steel window restoration and, later on, the additions of murals and artwork.

The plaque comes more than one year after the national historic site reopened as a student athletic facility.

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