The Garrett Gamble Story
On March 28th, Garrett Gamble signed a one-day contract with the Leafs, met the team, hit the ice with Wendel Clark before dropping the puck and was named the first star.
MLSE Foundation Player's Gala
On Sunday, March 29th, the entire Maple Leafs team attended the MLSE Foundation Player's Gala at Real Sports Bar & Grill. Along with the Raptors and Marlies, the team helped out at various stations from taking photos and signing autographs with fans, to serving food and drinks to guests, all helping to raise $400,000 for the MLSE Foundation's Regent Park Grounds project.
Easter Seals Skate
On Family Day, February 16th, the Maple Leafs had a very special day at MasterCard Centre. After their regular practice that morning, the team remained on the ice and welcomed hundreds of fans to join them in support of Easter Seals Ontario. The team skated alongside families and fans taking photos and signing autographs for everyone. A tradition since the 1940’s, the event has raised over $6.5 Million and the team in addition to Maple Leafs Alumni look forward to the event every year.
David Booth, Mike Santorelli, and Richard Panik visited Second Harvest Food Rescue to sort and distribute fresh, surplus food to help feed people experiencing hunger over the holidays.
On Thursday, November 27th the Toronto Maple Leafs took part in their annual visit to SickKids Hospital in Toronto and created memories that will last a lifetime.
Upon arrival, the players gathered in the Bear Theatre and prepared to meet the patients. For the full team visit, the Leafs signed autograph cards, donned jerseys, and prepped their gift packages for patients at the hospital. Across the hall, patients began filling Marnie's Lounge, one of the hospital's playrooms fully equipped with pool and air hockey tables. The excitement was palpable as the kids – many wearing their Leafs jerseys - awaited the arrival of their favourite players. As the Leafs filed into Marnie's Lounge, smiles spread across the face of every child, and every player.
Joffrey Lupul was especially humbled by the experience saying, "I've spent a lot of time here at SickKids and I've had some special relationships with kids and their parents… it's a rewarding feeling."
Susie Petro, Child Life Specialist at SickKids spoke to the importance of building positive memories in the hospital.
"All the kids love it, every year. It's a really special time for us, because it's positive memory building," said Petro, "There aren't a lot of positive things that happen here at the hospital but this is a positive day. We get to play with the Leafs and hang out with them."
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been visiting SickKids Hospital annually since the late 1920's and it's easy to see why for many of the players, this is their favourite community event of the year.
"Every time we come, it's just great when you can see a kid and put a smile on their face," said James Reimer.
After spending an hour with the children, it was time for the players to say their goodbyes and continue on to other wards of the hospital to visit with patients unable to make it to Marnie's Lounge. Throughout the course of the day, the Leafs travelled every ward of SickKids and distributed gifts to over 300 patients and their families.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) are committed to energizing students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and have partnered with EverFi to bring the Future Goals program into classrooms across North America at no cost.
To launch the program in Toronto, Daniel Winnik and Peter Holland visited Dan's old elementary school, All Saints Catholic School in Mississauga. Dan and Peter were joined by Jenelle Kohanchuk and Natalie Spooner of the Canadian National Women's Team, inspiring young boys and girls to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.
Dan and Peter worked on learning modules with students who educated the players on the material they were learning and why it was important to their lives at school and at home. Afterwards, Dan and Peter engaged in an interactive assembly where students learned about everything from technology's role in hockey to why school is so important.
Dan and Peter both took a lot away from the experience and valued the opportunity to learn more about this new program that's having such a positive impact on so many students in Toronto.
To find out more about the NHL Future Goals program and bringing it to your school, visit www.futuregoals.nhl.com.