Are you feeling romantic and appreciative and looking to do something nice for your spouse?
You could do what I did. I took my wife to see the places where the Canadiens played before they made the Forum their home. It goes without saying that she was overcome with joy and appreciation.
Three rinks. And all three burned down.
First, the 3,200-seat Jubilee Arena in east-end Montreal, at the corner of St. Catherine and Malborough (now Rue Alphonse – D. Roy.)
The Canadiens played there during their first ever season, 1909-10, and again from 1917 until it burned down in 1919.
What the Jubilee looked like, inside and out –
And what it looks like now, from two angles –
From 1910 to 1918, the Canadiens played at the Montreal Arena (or Westmount Arena as it was also called), at the corner of St. Catherine and Wood, one block west of what would become the Forum.
The place held 4,000 people seated and another 6,000 standees, and burned down in 1918, forcing the Canadiens to move back to the Jubilee for a very short period.
The Montreal Wanderers played there also, and I kind of feel for this long-gone team. After being a powerhouse in the old ECAHA and NHA, they joined the NHL in 1918 and played just four games before their barn burned down. So they called it quits permanently.
What the Montreal Arena looked like then –
And what it looks like now –
And finally, the 6,000-seat Mount Royal Arena near the corner of Mount Royal and St. Urbain, where the Canadiens, after the Jubilee burned down, played from 1920 to 1926 . After that they would take residence (with the Maroons) in the Forum, which was built two years prior in 1924.
The Mount Royal Arena burned down in 2000.
What it looked like then –
And what it looks like now. A Provigo –