Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Olympic Hockey Card of the Day, Olympic Stadium 1936

These are actual cards from my collection that were issued for various Winter Olympic games either as souvenirs or as premiums in cigarette packages. The rear of these two cards are translated;

"The magnificent Olympic ice skating rink, the tribunes are filled every day until the last seat is the battleground exciting hockey games."

"Hockey at Garmisch winter sun, or shade Games at the Olympic Ice Stadium. A picturesque scene of the fighting around the hard rubber disc to play bare ice surface."

Built in 106 days for the 1936 Olympics, the Olympia-Kunsteisstadion opened on Dec. 16, 1934. With a seating capacity for 10,000 spectators, the arena was rebuilt for the 1940 Winter Olympics which were cancelled due to World War II. It officially re-opened in 1948 and in 1964 the stadium was enclosed with a roof.

In the early 1990's it was overhauled again and is used to this day as the home of SC Riessersee of the German send division hockey league. Past alumni of the team include current Maple Leafs assistant coach Dave Farrish, Murray Heatley (father of Dany Heatley) and ex-Czech goaltending standout Vladimir Druzilla.

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