Bidding farewell to Mellon Arena 

May, 13, 2010

Adios, Mellon Arena. I knew you when you were just a kid. When we first met, you were the plain old Civic Center. Then, as we grew a little older, I remember calling you by your nickname, "The Igloo." Ah, those were the days.

My friend, I must say you deserved a much better send-off. Your friends were downright brutal Wednesday night. Didn't they know what was at stake? Maybe they thought the start time had changed. Sadly, it was the other Eastern Conference semifinal that started at 8 p.m. on the East Coast.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.