Hockey - Dec 30, 2016

Celebrate 100 Years of Leafs Hockey with Winter Week Festivities

Grab the kids and enjoy all the on- and off-ice fun across Toronto from January 3 to 8

One Week. One Nation. A citywide celebration. It’s time to grab your hockey gear, lace up your skates and take part in Winter Week: six days of hockey bliss! From outdoor skating and special guest appearances to great music and free giveaways, the Toronto Maple Leafs – in partnership with Rogers and the City of Toronto – want you to join in on all the excitement from January 3 to 8.

First, though, the Maple Leafs – celebrating their 100th NHL season – kick things off December 31 with the NHL Centennial Classic Alumni Game, outdoors at BMO Field, featuring some of the club’s best from years past (Sittler, Gilmour, Clark, Salming, Vaive!) as they take on alumni from the Detroit Red Wings. Then on January 1, the current roster of the team hosts the Red Wings in regular season action for the first-ever NHL Centennial Classic (also at BMO Field) on New Year’s Day. After all that, Toronto will still be buzzing with memorable hockey moments across the city. And you’re invited!

Get ready, Leafs Nation: Winter Week has everything you crave. Meet Leafs alumni, strap on the blades and enjoy an outdoor skate, play games, check out an awesome Hockey Hall of Fame display and take home some free giveaways.

Did you know this celebration offers outdoor skating and a Learn to Skate with the Toronto Maple Leaf Development Team, draws to win tickets to upcoming games, jerseys and other prizes – not to mention skating and signing opportunities with former Leafs stars and other hockey celebrities?

“The NHL Centennial Classic will be one of the highlights of the Maple Leafs' centennial anniversary season, and Winter Week will be an important part of the festivities,” said Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan in a news release. “We look forward to a special week as we celebrate the game of hockey and this historic moment for the Toronto Maple Leafs with our fans.”

It’s the perfect way to enjoy our great game with the entire family.

“Our rinks and skating programs encourage families to enjoy skating and hockey for fun and professionally,” Toronto Mayor John Tory added in a press release for Winter Week. “We want our kids and our grandkids to have access to facilities and programs that support these activities for another hundred years.”

So mark your calendar and get ready for a citywide celebration. It’s time to paint the town blue and white!

Winter Week Festivities*

Tuesday, January 3 at Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough Dr., Scarborough, noon to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 4 at Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St., North York, noon to 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 5 at Greenwood Park, 150 Greenwood Ave., Toronto, noon to 5 p.m.

Friday, January 6 at Regent Park, 480 Shuter St., Toronto, noon to 5 p.m.

Saturday, January 7 at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, noon to 5 p.m.

Sunday, January 8 at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, 65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Etobicoke 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (also includes the Mayor’s Winter Skate Party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

* Timing and schedule subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

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