January 6, 2016
The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club released the first chapter of “Growing the Game”, a four-episode community series, on Wednesday, January 6. The video series focuses on the Maple Leafs’ efforts to continue to develop and support the growth of hockey through a number of programs and contributions in the community.
“Growing the Game’s” premiere highlights the Toronto Maple Leafs’ passion and investment in developing women’s hockey in Canada. The episode focuses on how, by supporting the Toronto Furies and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), the Leafs hope to help inspire generations of girls to follow their hockey dreams. The NHL club provides annual financial support to the Toronto Furies to help offset coaching costs as well as equipment, uniform and travel expenses. Furies players are also invited to participate in a variety of Leafs Community and Sports Partnership initiatives, including Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest, Tim Hortons’ Coaches Open House and girls-only Learn to Skate clinics. Most recently, the Leafs announced that the team will once again host the CWHL All-Star Game at Air Canada Centre, with proceeds supporting the women’s league. Fans can watch the first episode of “Growing the Game” here: https://youtu.be/JJYE9UqDGto
The next episode of “Growing the Game” will be released in January and focuses on MLSE Foundation’s Hockey in the Neighbourhood program in partnership with Tim Hortons and the City of Toronto. Hockey in the Neighbourhood has helped bring families and communities together while allowing kids to dream big since 1999 by creating a positive environment and sport experience for over 5,000 children and youth.
For more information about future “Growing the Game” episodes, fans should follow the Toronto Maple Leafs on social media or visit mapleleafs.com/hockeydevelopment for updates.