MLSE pursues injunction against Ryerson's plan for Maple Leaf Gardens

July 28, 2011

Part of the development of the Maple Leaf Gardens has prompted Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) to seek an injunction against Ryerson University and Loblaw Cos. Ltd., which are partnering to convert the facility's main floor into a supermarket, and the upper storeys into an athletic centre, basketball court, and a 2,500-seat arena with an NHL-size rink. MLSE is demanding Ryerson stop using the "Maple Leaf Gardens" name in connection with the site, and suggests it worries the university's arena will compete with the Air Canada Centre, the current home of the MLSE-owned Toronto Maple Leafs. The company claims Ryerson's use of the name "Maple Leaf Gardens" infringes on its trademark, and argues the name could allow the institution to sell school products to people who are under the mistaken impression they are affiliated with the Leafs. Ryerson and Loblaw say they would respond to the injunction request if it goes before the court. Globe and Mail