As the permanent home to the Hockey Hall of Fame and one of the original six franchises in the National Hockey League, Toronto has long been known as a mecca of hockey. This year, hockey fans from far and wide will have a chance to see some of the best talents in the world on display at a number of exciting events and locations.
World Junior Hockey Championships
The 41st IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships will take place December 26 to January 5 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and the Bell Centre in Montreal. This annual holiday tradition showcases the brightest young players in junior hockey and the future stars of the NHL. Join Torontonians as they cheer on Canada’s National Junior Team or root for one of the 9 other national teams from around the world.
Maple Leafs 100th Anniversary Celebration
The 2016-17 NHL season that’s already underway marks the Toronto Maple Leafs centennial season. To honour and celebrate the great players, accomplishments and memories in franchise history, the team has announced a number of initiatives and events throughout the season, including:
NHL Centennial Classic
The Maple Leafs will play host to the NHL Centennial Classic against the Detroit Red Wings on January 1, 2017 at BMO Field. The city’s first modern-day outdoor hockey game — which will also include a matchup between Leafs and Red Wings alumni — will be bracketed by a celebration of the Maple Leafs and NHL hockey. As part of the NHL Centennial Classic week, the team will host a number of activities to celebrate the anniversary, and the game of hockey, including a New Year’s Eve party and public skates on the ice surface at BMO Field.
St. Pat’s Night
In addition to the new uniforms that the Maple Leafs will be wearing all season, the club will pay tribute to its heritage by wearing Toronto St. Pats uniforms when they face off against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 18th, 2017. The jerseys are a throwback to the 1919-1927 seasons when the franchise was called the St. Pats, before being renamed the Toronto Maple Leafs by Conn Smythe.
Centennial Exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame
On now until March 6, 2017, you can explore 100 years of Toronto Maple Leafs history at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The exhibit pays homage to those who have worn the blue and white as well as highlights some of the most iconic moments in franchise history.
Where to Watch Hockey in Toronto
Can’t get tickets to the game? You can catch all of the excitement of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey throughout the season at one of the city’s top 10 sports bars, including Real Sports Bar and Grill, voted the #1 sports bar in North America by ESPN. Fans can also brave the cold and watch Maple Leafs home games and the World Junior Hockey Championships on the big screen at the Ford Fan Zone at Maple Leafs Square outside the Air Canada Centre.