Prepare for an extraordinary event as the Toronto Maple Leafs gear up to host their annual outdoor practice at one of the city’s most iconic rinks next month. The Maple Leafs Outdoor Practice, a cherished tradition in Toronto, is a unique opportunity for fans to witness their favourite players in action on the ice at Nathan Phillips Square.
Free Maple Leafs events Saturday Feb 10 & 11
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday February 11. While specific details regarding the practice time are yet to be announced, the players typically hit the ice between noon and 3 p.m. This promises to be a full-fledged experience for fans, providing a chance to not only see but possibly meet their beloved players during this special outdoor practice.
The anticipation is palpable as fans eagerly await the chance to witness their favorite players honing their skills against the backdrop of Toronto’s iconic skyline. The event is expected to draw a diverse crowd of hockey enthusiasts, families, and curious onlookers, all converging at Nathan Phillips Square to catch a glimpse of their beloved team in action.
The Leafs Training Routine
The outdoor practice not only promises an intimate view of the Leafs’ training routine but also provides an opportunity for fans to soak in the festive atmosphere, surrounded by the energy of the city. The chilly air and the echoes of skates on ice will add an extra layer of authenticity to this unique experience, connecting the team directly with the community.
If braving the cold to watch NHL players skate isn’t your preference, fear not! There will be a plethora of events in and around Nathan Phillips Square before and after the practice, ensuring a celebration of all things Maple Leafs.
Expect a vibrant atmosphere with numerous activities to keep the excitement alive. Last year, Activation Alley featured an array of food and beverage vendors, providing fans with the chance to sample delights and even meet some players.
Giveaways, Live Music and maybe the PWHL
The weekend promises more than just the outdoor practice – anticipate thrilling giveaways, live music performances, and undisclosed fan prizes. Keep an eye out for potential additions to the schedule, with hopes of highlighting talent from PWHL Toronto amid the historic inaugural season of the Pro Women’s Hockey League.
With the NHL All-Star Game gracing Toronto the preceding weekend, February is shaping up to be a bustling month for the Leafs. Here’s to the team squeezing in a couple of wins amidst all the festivities and games.
by Myles Shane
photo by Stephen Uhraney