For the past 12 seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Development team, along with Community Ambassador & Leafs Alumnus Wendel Clark, have been on the ground in the event host city supporting CBC and their partners with the execution of various community hockey activities during the week leading up to Hockey Day in Canada.
This season the team will travelled to Halifax, NS where they lead four school visits for over 2,000 total students and five hockey clinics leading into Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday February 14th, 2015.
In 2012, MLSE and MLSE Foundation made a $1 million contribution to Right To Play's Promoting Life- skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) Program. This commitment has been instrumental in enabling the program to expand its reach in First Nations communities across Ontario. As part of this ongoing partnership with the PLAY program, we continue to implement sports programming and coaching instruction across Ontario to build on the strengths of Aboriginal youth and their communities.
From January 12-16, 2015, Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Development coaches travelled to Ginoogaming First Nation four hours north of Thunder Bay to execute a week long clinic designed to engage children of the community in hockey. Coaches led engaging and skillful on-ice drills for more than 50 youth participating in the program. Youth had the opportunity to access equipment, learn fundamental hockey basics, and gain valuable life-skills by participating in on-ice programming.
In August 2014 and February 2015, members of the Hockey Development team travelled overseas to China to host youth hockey camps in both Beijing and Shanghai.
Local athletes were put through a series of on and off-ice training activities over the course of the week- long camps that modelled those of the professional team back in Toronto, giving youth a real first-hand experience of what North American hockey is like.
The Leafs look forward to hosting Chinese youth this summer as they travel to Toronto for two weeks of camps in the city.