Toe Blake Memorial Arena

1 Government Road Coniston ON P0M 1M0


1 Government Road Coniston ON P0M 1M0

To honour the contributions of Hector “Toe” Blake to the sport of hockey, the Coniston Community Centre/Arena has been officially renamed the Toe Blake Memorial Arena.

Blake, a former NHL forward and coach, was raised in Coniston and played both Junior and Senior hockey in the Sudbury area. He also played for the Sudbury Cub Wolves when they became Memorial Cup Champions in 1932.

He began his NHL career in 1934 with the Montreal Maroons, won his first Stanley Cup in 1935, and went on to win two more Stanley Cup Championships with the Montreal Canadiens until his retirement in 1948. He took on the role as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 1955 to 1968, winning eight Stanley Cup titles in just 13 seasons.

In 1966, after coaching the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame (in the player category), and retired two years later. In 1982, Blake was presented the Order of Canada.

Blake was one of the most influential and successful hockey coaches in the history of the NHL. He passed away on May 17, 1995 at the age of 82.

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