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Once it was the 161st Street station on the IRT or IND lines in New York (Yankee Stadium).

Later the 50th Street station on the 8th Avenue line in New York was special (pre-1968 Madison Square Garden).

And then for a long time it was the Atwater Station on the Green Line of the Montreal Metro (Fourm) (followed by the Peel stop – Mount Royal Hotel).

But today my favorite subway stop is the Carlton station along Yonge Street. Once it was the stop for hockey fans to see a game at Maple Leaf Gardens. Today the hgames have moved to the Air Canada Centre, but ties to the past are still be found on the walls of the subway station.

In a nod to once was clearly hockey’s premiere rivalry, there are artistic renderings of Maple Leafs to be found on the southbound side and to the long disliked but respected Montreal Canadiens on the northbound walls.

While the fans and games may have moved south afew blocks, the station at Carlton can still excite old time fans.

 

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