I can say that because I'm Irish :laugh: Interesting. Joe Louis Arena still has that "feel" to it despite only being around since 1979.
As a Leafs fan, I never thought of Maple Leaf Gardens as an intimidating place to play for the opposition... Don't get me wrong there was a lot of classic hockey played in those arenas but it was more the experience of being there rather than the whole feeling of the intimidation factor. You can watch a game and you still know you're in Detroit just based on the fan's heads popping up after a goal. You'd watch a game on TV at Maple Leaf Gardens and there'd be a breakaway and a guy would stand up in front of the camera (not blocking it but just at the bottom of the frame) and it almost gave you an intimate feel that you were there. But you saw that in the Forum too with the camera angles.
Howe finished his career with 801 goals and 1,049 assists in 1,767 regular-season games played—the most of anyone in NHL history.
The Hall of Famer left his mark on the NHL as a tough guy with what is now known as the "Gordie Howe hat trick"—which is when a player has a goal, an assist, and a fight in the same game.
The arena has had a sellout streak of 366 games, (as of March of 2012) stretching all the way back to 2003, the 2nd longest active streak in the NHL, and 5th in North America pro sports.