History and Heritage
Buildings - Verdun Auditorium
Inaugurated on November 28, 1939 during World War II, this structure was leased to military authorities during the war. The auditorium served to host a number of major events, including the 1942 ceremony in honour of Royal Canadian Air Force pilot and Verdun native George Frederick Beurling.
In 1946, the auditorium was converted to hockey and ice skating rinks. The Verdun Maple Leafs, which gave rise to player Maurice Richard, trained there for many years. Today, the auditorium is home to the local games of Selwyn House College. The Canadiens de Montréal also train there occasionally throughout the year.
The Verdun Auditorium, which is a showcase for such political phenomena as the Referendum of 1980, and a site for performances such as the rock group Pearl Jam and the singer Bob Dylan, remains a choice venue not just for Verdun residents but for those of the city of Montréal as a whole.
This concrete structure is 300' long, 165' wide and 60' high. It can seat 3,795. The auditorium's annex, the Denis-Savard arena, was built in the 1970s. In Shawingan, the city hall and an auditorium are modelled along the same lines.
To visit at the site
A commemorative plaque was unveiled on June 18, 2004 in tribute to the exceptional career of famed Verdun resident William Scott “Scotty” Bowman and his valued contribution to the development and influence of amateur and pro hockey.
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