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The City of Toronto have partnered with the Toronto Maple Leafs to celebrate 100 years of hockey.
As the Leafs commemorate their Centennial Anniversary, the City will join in celebrations with Winter Week, offering free skating and activities at six uniquely branded City rinks in January.
Mayor John Tory joined Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches East-York Arthur Potts and Toronto Maple Leafs alum Darryl Sittler on Nathan Phillips Square to make the announcement on Friday morning.
We are at City Hall this morning for a special #CityofTO Centennial Announcement. #TMLtalk pic.twitter.com/MjDwkVi3Gs
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 16, 2016
“Toronto is the largest provider of skating and hockey programming in Canada,” said Mayor Tory in a media release. “Our rinks and skating programs encourage families to enjoy skating and hockey for fun and professionally. We want our kids and our grandkids to have access to facilities and programs that support these activities for another hundred years.”
Additionally, the City has partnered with the MLSE Foundation, giving families more than free skating to enjoy at six rinks next month. There will be games, music, giveaways and refreshments, and participants will get opportunities to interact with Leafs alumni and other special guests.
“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 Brendan Shanahan, president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “We thank the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario for their support and 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.”
The Leaf’s Centennial Classic game is against the Detroit Red Wings, and takes place on January 1 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
#CityofTO celebrates 100 years of hockey and Winter Week with free skating at six City rinks https://t.co/CEe0gEhQb5 pic.twitter.com/uYVQYReCoM
— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) December 16, 2016
The morning announcement kicked off with raising the Toronto Maple Leafs’ centennial flag at City Hall, and wrapped up with a public skate.
In January, the public is invited to get outside and get active this winter by joining Winter Week celebrations at these rinks from noon to 5 p.m:
• January 3 at Albert Campbell Square
• January 4 at Mel Lastman Square
• January 5 at Greenwood Park
• January 6 at Regent Park
• January 7 at Nathan Phillips Square
The final event on January 8, from 1 to 5 pm, will be for the Mayor’s Skate at Colonel Samuel Smith Park.