On Dec. 15, 1925, professional hockey made its debut in New York before a capacity crowd of 17,000 at the grand opening of Madison Square Garden. Regimental bands and the Montreal Canadiens were on the ice for the first N.H.L. game in the city, and hundreds of New York’s society elite in tuxedos and gowns filled the most expensive seats.
Rich people in the good seats...some things never change.
My grandfather never watched hockey or was a fan, but once in a while he'd come to my games when I was a kid. He told me that when he was a kid in boy scouts, he won tickets to a New York Americans game in NYC. I thought it was just a totally random story but cool none the less, imagining people at a hockey game in the 1930s.