Maple Leaf Gardens

Maple Leaf Gardens

Every sport has its holy site:  Major League Baseball has Yankee Stadium in New York City; the NFL has Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and the NHL has Maple Leaf Gardens in downtown Toronto, Ontario

From 1931 to 1999, the Toronto Maple Leafs called Maple Leaf Gardens home. They won 11 Stanley Cups playing here.  Maple Leaf Gardens was also home to basketball teams, soccer teams and, at one time, a professional lacrosse team.  The building was designated a heritage site under the Ontario Heritage Act by the City of Toronto in 1991.

Now, even though the building’s function has changed, Maple Leaf Garden still welcomes residents and visitors alike.

In 2004, Maple Leaf Gardens was purchased by Loblaw Companies, Canada’s largest food retailer.  Loblaws converted it into a 70,000 square foot grocery store complemented by dozens of other retail stores and office.  The space offers a patisserie for those with a sweet tooth, a bakery for a fresh loaf of bread, an LCBO to pick up wine to accompany dinner and even a Joe Fresh which offers affordable clothing. The Maple Leaf Garden’s Loblaws offers cooking classes and also boasts a large canteen where you can relax and enjoy a meal on tables that display the Maple Leaf’s history. 

In 2009, actor Matt Damon hosted a concert at the Gardens.  It was even used as the production site of the first season of CBC’s “Battle of the Blades”, a reality television series that paired professional hockey players with professional figure skaters in a dance skating competition for charity. To this day, Ryerson University uses part of the building as an athletic facility.

Ace Physio is proud to be a part of this heritage.  As the premier Physiotherapy providers in Toronto, their offices are a stone’s throw from this great sporting mecca. Located up the street from the Maple Leaf Gardens, Ace Physio provides the finest in Sports Physiotherapy to athletes, allowing them to get back in the game whether it’s on the field, on the ice or on the court. Using cutting edge technologies such as Shockwave Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Spinal Decompression Ace Physio can heal injuries and even help an athlete’s body to remove scar tissue that accumulates after an injury. 

Connect with Ace Physio on the internet at https://www.acephysio.ca or by telephone (416) 900-6653 or visit our facility at the corner of Carlton and Yonge.

For more than 80 years, Maple Leaf Gardens has embodied the spirit of sports in Toronto. Ace Physio is honoured to be a part of Toronto’s sporting history and its future. 

Author

  • Sharon Gabison

    Registered Physiotherapist BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD: A graduate of the University of Toronto in Human Biology, Sharon completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She went on to pursue further graduate work, completing her Master of Science from the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and a PhD from the Institute of Medical Science both from the University of Toronto. Her interest in Physiotherapy originated while pursuing her first undergraduate degree while struggling with postural challenges and seeking physiotherapy treatment. Her interest in medicine, working with people, and developing and adhering to therapeutic plans inspired her to pursue a career in Physiotherapy. Her interest in research, orthopaedics, neurology, therapeutic agents and pressure injuries (bed sores) lead her to pursue graduate work. Sharon emphasizes a holistic approach to rehabilitation. Her experience of raising a son with a disability has continued to inform her career that has spanned over 25 years. She is able to appreciate the rehabilitation process not only from the professional perspective, but from the client perspective. Her extensive knowledge of biomechanics, orthopaedics, exercise prescription, electrophysical agents with a strong background in research enables her to provide evidence based treatment when designing and implementing rehabilitation plans. With a special interest in patient and family engagement through her volunteer work, Sharon is able to ensure that treatment that is provided takes into consideration the unique challenges that individuals may experience when adhering to treatment recommendations in their busy lives.

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