The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced the club will host its “Next Generation Game” when the Maple Leafs face the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Arena on Jan. 3, 2019.
Puck drop will be at 2 p.m. ET, as the game is meant to mark a celebration for Maple Leafs fans of all ages — with a special emphasis on the future of hockey, both on and off the ice.
“The Toronto Maple Leafs are proud to host the Next Generation Game to celebrate the youth in our community and encourage the next generation of fans to reach their hockey dreams,” Brendan Shanahan, President and Alternate Governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, said in a team release. “With youth at the forefront of this special game, we look forward to uniting fans of all ages in celebration of our next generation from now until gameday.”
The team will host thousands of young fans — including groups from MLSE LaunchPad, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), NHL & NHLPA Future Goals Program, Scotiabank sponsored minor hockey teams, community partners and contest winners.
Last season, the Maple Leafs hosted the “Next Century Game” on Dec. 19, when the team put on an afternoon spectacle for the young fans in attendance. In an 8-1 thumping of the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, Mitch Marner contributed four points en route to Babcock making some funny remarks about the team’s youngster after the afternoon game.