The Boston Garden’s time ended how it began — with a game between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens.
Sept. 26, 1995 marked the last event held at 150 Causeway Street, when the Bs took on the Canadiens in an exhibition game. After 67 years, the building was shuttered and the banners were taken down from the rafters and moved to their current home at TD Garden.
The original Garden hosted many Stanley Cup Finals, NBA Finals and even the NHL All-Star game in 1971. The building was notorious for the fact that it lacked air conditioning, which led to fog forming over the ice during some late-season Bruins games, and the fact that it didn’t even have a regulation-sized hockey rink. The rink was about nine feet shorter and two feet narrower than the standard, which some believe made the Big Bad Bruins even more physical in the enclosed space.
In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we go back to the last game and special post-game ceremony after the final matchup at the Garden, which was attended by greats like Bobby Orr, Johnny Bucyck and Phil Esposito. The banners and retired numbers were lowered from the rafters, and former left winger Normand Leveille, whose career was cut short after he suffered a debilitating aneurysm on the Pacific Colesium ice at the age of 19, was helped onto the ice by Ray Bourque so he could join his former club for one last skate.
Check out NESN’s footage of the last game and final ceremonies at the Boston Garden in the video above.