Roof damaged at Montreal arena

Updated: August 31, 2012, 12:21 AM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- A large section of the roof at Maurice Richard Arena blew off Thursday.

Officials didn't report any injuries.

Fire department spokesman Sylvain Cuillerier said a section of the roof about 30 yards long and 20 yards wide was blown off the top of the arena.

The 4,750-seat arena, named in honor of the late Montreal Canadiens star, is adjacent to the Olympic Stadium and is the home of Canada's national short-track speedskating team.

The arena opened in the early 1960s, was a venue for events at the 1976 Olympics and has hosted junior hockey over the decades. A statue of Richard sits in front of the building.


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