At that point, the sports complex was still under construction — it opened in January 1967.
“I just thought, let's have a name on it,” MacDonald says, 47 years later. These days, he’s a well-known political columnist and broadcaster. “There were several names floating around, but Ed's wasn't really one of them until I wrote that piece.”
MacDonald made a good case: a tremendous athlete, Meagher played varsity football and hockey at Loyola College as a student. Soon after graduation, he was invited back as a math teacher, as well as a hockey and football coach.
Meagher taught until a few years before his death from cancer in 1995, at the age of 69. He served as athletics director at the college and at Loyola High School. People called him “Mr. Loyola.”
On January 28, 2000, 34 years after MacDonald’s article was published, Concordia renamed the arena in Ed Meagher’s honour. In November 2013, the Ed Meagher Arena opened its doors to the next generation of Stingers with a new National Hockey League-grade rink and a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly refrigeration system.