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Holland to take part in Pan Am torch relay

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs

After some time away from the rink to kick off his summer, Peter Holland has June 13 circled on his calendar as a day to jump back into action. The Maple Leafs centre will be taking part in the 2015 Pan Am Games torch relay as a torch bearer through Caledon East.

The hockey club was contacted by organizers back in January to see if Holland could take part in the torch relay. When the chance presented itself, it was an easy yes.

The first person he told about the relay? His mom.

As it turns out, he's not the first in his family to have a connection to the Pan Am Games.

"My sister used to ride for Canada in dressage," said Holland. "She had an opportunity to qualify for the Pan Am Games."

The torch relay will be just the latest in a long list of community events Holland has taken part in. He was named the Citizen Maple Leafs Community MVP for February. The award recognized his participation in school visits, the Leafs Hockey Talks program, the Leafs skate for Easter Seals and support for Toronto city rinks.

With his part of the relay set to take part on June 13 in his hometown, the event is just one of the perks of playing for the team he grew up a fan of.

"It's pretty cool. It's one thing to play out of town and take part in things locally but when you play for the local team, one I grew up idolizing, I think you have the opportunity to have a bigger impact," said Holland.

"It's a great opportunity to celebrate and be proud of the community."

Will he try to add some flair to his portion of the relay?

"You know what? I haven't thought about it. I think they're pretty strict on what you can do and what you can wear so it may just be a point A to point B run"

Those looking to see Peter in action at the torch relay can head to the Caledon Community Complex on June 13.

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