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As part of the league-wide school program, NHL Future Goals, Brad Boyes and Jake Gardiner along with Leafs alumnus Darryl Sittler visited Holy Angels Catholic School in Etobicoke on February 24th, 2016. The players met with students in a computer lab to work on learning modules focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and math and had a great time interacting with students at a school assembly.
Children's Wish Foundation
On Saturday December 19th, 2015 every player on the team donated their personal tickets to a child from the Children's Wish Foundation to come to the game. After watching their favourite team celebrate a big win, all 23 kids were invited into the Leafs dressing room to meet the team and get great gifts including hockey sticks signed by the entire team.
Easter Seals Ontario
The annual Maple Leafs Skate for Easter Seals took place on Saturday December 12th at MasterCard Centre. The full team laced up their skates again after practice to skate with hundreds of fans who had pledged donations to raise money for Easter Seals Ontario. Players skated with families, took pictures and signed autographs. An annual team event for 37 years, the event has raised over $6.5 Million for children with physical disabilities.
Habitat for Humanity
On Friday, December 11th, some Leafs traded in their skates for steel-toe boots to help build a house in Scarborough with Habitat for Humanity. Led by team President, Brendan Shanahan, players Brad Boyes, Frank Corrado, Byron Froese, Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly came out to put up walls for the house. The group made the most of the build by getting a lot of work done while having a lot of fun and learning a thing or two about carpentry.
MLSE Foundation Player's Gala
On Thursday December 10th, 2015, the Maple Leafs suited up for the MLSE Foundation Player's Gala along with the Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC. Players mingled with guests during a cocktail reception and a seated dinner. The night was a great success raising over $350,000 for the MLSE Launchpad, a brand new athletic facility dedicated to harnessing the power of sport to address a range of community priorities such as education, improved health and community safety.
November 24th, 2015 marked the Toronto Maple Leafs annual visit to SickKids Hospital. A tradition since the 1940s, the full team visited all 300 children in the hospital giving out great gift packs and signing autographs and taking pictures with everyone. Mississauga native, Daniel Winnik, was especially humbled by the experience saying, "It's great that we can put a smile on the kids' faces leading up to Christmas time. Any time you come here and visit kids in the hospital, and make them feel better about themselves, that's the biggest joy we get as players."
Royal Canadian Legion
To help launch the Royal Canadian Legion's Poppy Campaign leading up to Remembrance Day, the Maple Leafs paid a visit to a local legion branch. On October 28th, Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul and goaltender James Reimer stopped by the Legion's Longbranch location in Etobicoke to meet with Veterans, Legion members and their families. The 2 signed autographs and took pictures with all who attended the event.
Yonge Street Mission
On October 13th, 2015, Maple Leaf player's Daniel Winnik and Tyler Bozak along with Leafs alumnus Wendel Clark visited Yonge Street Mission's Evergreen Centre for Street Youth. Dan, Tyler and Wendel helped prepare and serve a Thanksgiving feast to the youth at the Centre that included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, carrots, salad and pumpkin and apple pie.