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  • Galt Arena Exterior
    Galt Arena, exterior
  • Galt Arena Interior
    Galt Arena, interior

Laura | December 22, 2014

You have a slippery legend in your neighbourhood.

Galt Arena Gardens is proudly touted as the oldest continuously operating ice-hockey arena in the world. At its opening way back in January 1922, four thousand people crowded inside to watch an exhibition game between the Galt Terriers and the Preston Riversides.

Since that first game, scores of NHL-ers have had their start at the Gardens, including Terry Sawchuk, Bobby Hull, Kirk Maltby, and Marty Turco. Even a young Gordie Howe spent the 1944-45 season at this Cambridge rink. Howe was just 15 years old and a member of the Galt Red Wings, an affiliate of Detroit’s NHL club.

For 85 years, local elementary schools also have held skating races at the Galt Arena. Generations of eager five to 12 year olds have zoomed around the ice while enthusiastic parents cheered them on. Derrick Campbell competed in these races and went on to win gold for the Canadian speed skating team during the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Inspired? Lace up your skates, hit your local rink, and leave your winter blahs behind.