Toronto Maple Leafs Score Smiles at Niagara Children’s Centre

Sep. 20, 2017

Children from Niagara Children's Centre and the Centre School were treated to a meeting with some of the Toronto Maple Leafs powerhouses while they were in town for the 2017 Training Camp that occurrred in Niagara Falls this past weekend. Toronto Maple Leafs players, Eric Fehr , Jake Gardiner, Ben Smith, Leo Komarov , Patrick Marleau, Curtis McElhinney, and Ben Smith scored some major smiles with the children when they visited Niagara Children’s Centre in St. Catharines. The Centre provides therapy and support to children who have physical, developmental and communicative delays or disabilities.


Over 80 children were in attendance as the players spent the afternoon hand delivering gift packages, interacting with the children and signing autographs.  During their visit, players engaged with the children and their families and discussed their  favourite hockey cards, drawings and even participated in a game of mini-sticks. The children, dressed in their best blue and white to meet their new friends,  participated in a number of hockey-themed activities throughout the day.  It was a celebratory day for all as Leafs forward, Patrick Marleau, spent his birthday with some of his smallest fans. 


“We are incredibly grateful to the Toronto Maple Leafs for their support of Niagara Children’s Centre during their training camp.  The visit from the players to our Centre was a very special moment that I am sure the kids and their families will remember forever.  There were smiles all around,” said Niagara Children’s Centre CEO, Oksana Fisher. “The players were so engaged with our kids - they were incredible.  Everyone had a memorable day.  In addition to their visit, we felt honoured to have the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for Niagara Children’s Centre at the training camp facility. We would like to thank the entire Niagara community who came to the Training Camp and supported our Centre. The funds raised through donations collected at the Gale Centre will go towards our therapy programs. ”


As a memento of their visit, the Leafs also donated a signed jersey that will be displayed in a waiting area, in hopes it brings back fond memories of when the players of the Toronto Maple Leafs made them feel like the real heroes.