Today in Maine’s Franco History is a look back at important dates in the history of Maine’s Franco-American communities. It will run throughout 2020, the bicentennial year of Maine’s statehood. Your suggestions for additional events, people, and institutions to celebrate are most welcome.
January 10, 1951: The first game of hockey played on artificial ice in Maine takes place at the St Dominic’s Arena in Lewiston. The arena, built in 1949, was owned by the Dominican Fathers who ran the parish of Sts Peter and Paul in Lewiston. The original arena burned in a fire in 1956, but was rebuilt and is today re-branded as the Colissée. In addition to numerous hockey matches, the arena also hosted the Muhammad Ali – Sonny Liston heavyweight championship fight in 1965.