Here is one from the “Yes this actually happened” files. A Toronto Maple Leafs fan bought a toilet from Maple Leaf Gardens for $5,300. Jim Vigmond is a lawyer from Ontario who purchased the piece at an auction where more than a hundred items from the historic arena were being sold.
Some of the fondest memories of my childhood were going to watch Leafs games with my Dad at the Gardens, but I don’t recall visiting the restroom as being a particularily enjoyable experience. We used to get to go to a couple games a year because a family member new someone with season tickets. Perched high above the ice up in the Greys was a great way to watch a hockey game back then.
Vigmond said he was trying to secure a 1967 Stanley Cup banner, but the bidding became too high. So he went for the next best thing, a toilet???? He said he was willing to spend as much as $10,000 on the throne. However, it should be pointed out that the toilet Vigmond acquired was from the home dressing room, making it slightly more understandable.
The Leafs occupied the Gardens from 1931-99, but now the building has been converted into a grocery store and an arena for the Ryerson University hockey team. Hey, at least it hasn’t been demolished and hockey is still being played there. Not to mention how sweet it would be to tell your friends the quality produce you just bought came from Maple Leaf Gardens.
It’s probably best I didn’t know about this auction ahead of time. If so I would have been so nostalgic that I may have done something crazy like spend my entire life savings on the Zamboni, a piece of the net, or the Shopsy’s hot dog sign.