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Listowel Arena Disaster 50th Anniversary Fifty years ago today, on Saturday morning, February 28, 1959, in a small Canadian town not far from where I live, a terrible tragedy occurred: The roof of the Listowel (Ontario) Arena collapsed due to a heavy accumulation of snow and inadequate construction. Seven peewee hockey players (aged 10, 11 and 12) and Listowel's recreation director were crushed to death by the debris while they were on the ice surface. A group of other young players preparing for their upcoming game in the arena's dressing rooms were completely unscathed. The arena was only four years old.
Tags: Listowel  Arena  disaster 
Added: 28th February 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2009-02-28 
If only it had been closed at the time, those lives would have been spared. That's really sad Lava.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-02-28 
True, but there's virtually no chance of an arena in Canada being empty on a Saturday morning in February--unless it's before 5 a.m.

There were a few cases of players being safe in the dressing room whose younger brothers were killed a few yards away on the ice surface.
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