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Smythe time capsule contained elephant, papers

Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:33 pm

By Brian Stubits

When I heard there was a time capsule buried under Maple Leaf Gardens put there by Conn Smythe in 1930, I was excited. There could be some seriously cool hockey artifacts in there. Maybe there would be a guide on how to win a Stanley Cup in Toronto because the Maple Leafs seem to have forgotten that.

No, instead there wasn't a whole lot. Here are the contents of the box revealed on Thursday at Ryerson University (any chance their founder is named Ned?) from the Toronto Star:

Also found in the handmade copper box were copies of the local newspapers from Sept. 21, 1931 – the Toronto Daily Star, the Globe, the Mail and Empire and the Evening Telegram – a stock prospectus for Maple Leaf Gardens, the 1930-31 National Hockey League handbook and a 1930 Ontario Hockey Association rule book

The one other item that seems to be drawing the most attention? A little ivory elephant. It's meaning and/or significance really was the elephant in the room (hey, when life throws you softballs ...).

The most common hypothesis on the elephant is that it was a good luck charm. My favorite part of all is that the professor in the video on the Star says that now that the elephant has been dug up they can start planning the parades in the streets of Toronto.

Oooh, so that's what was missing in the blueprint. Well that makes total sense.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:53 am

Smythe time capsule contained elephant, papers

Ryerson University (any chance  is named Ned?
woka woka woka. that was a good one.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:03 am

Smythe time capsule contained elephant, papers

Was the elephant's name Rosebud?

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