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Some hockey cathedrals gone, not forgotten ☕

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There's never been an NHL arena quite like the Forum in Montreal. -- AP

A lot of great NHL arenas will live forever.

In our memories, anyway.

The sad truth, though, is that while a few get repurposed -- The Forum in Montreal and Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens come immediately to mind -- most end up on the wrong side of a wrecking ball, often entering the afterlife as a parking lot.

But great venues, like great players and great games, aren't easily forgotten.

Here are 10 favorite venues that no longer house an NHL club -- or, in most cases, exist at all -- but were in service during the 1983-84 season or later.

10. MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM (Buffalo)

Most distinctive features: The large sound baffles that dropped down from the arena ceiling, and the benches, not individual chairs, on which writers sat in the press box.

Negative quality: The building seemed old and tired rather than historic, the way most NHL arenas of similar vintage did.

On the list because: Friday night games there in mid-winter just felt like hockey. Plus, there had to be a 10th venue on the list.

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