Paul Baker, Stadium Journey

New Review: Boston Bruins

When discussing the premier venues in the National Hockey League, the TD Garden is rarely mentioned among the top tier venues. Overshadowed by the history and nostalgia of its predecessor, the original Boston Garden, and by the flash and size of many contemporary venues, the Garden is viewed by most as a middle of the pack venue. However, with recent renovations, a fantastic location, and improved amenities, the TD Garden has become a first-rate venue in its own right.

Going to an NHL game in an Original Six city is almost a sacred pilgrimage for hockey fans, and the buildings these teams called home were true shrines of the game. Fans can rattle off the names of these arenas with ease: The Boston Garden, the Montreal Forum, Maple Leaf Gardens, Madison Square Garden, Chicago Stadium, and The Olympia. While those arenas have faded into history, the Original Six continue to hold a special place in NHL lore.

The TD Garden, formerly known as the Fleet Center and the TD BankNorth Garden, is the home of both the NBA's Boston Celtics and NHL's Boston Bruins. Built just nine inches from the original Boston Garden, it is named after its sponsor, TD Bank. After more than twenty seasons as an NHL venue, TD Garden boasts a Stanley Cup championship to go with the five won next door on Causeway Street.

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