The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced a series of initiatives aimed at welcoming back fans in the wake of the NHL lockout and plan on handing out thousands of tickets to Monday's home opener at Air Canada Centre.
The organization will give the more than 15,000 ticket holders free tickets for the first game in Toronto in addition to 1,000 free tickets handed out to fans around the city spotted wearing Leaf gear.
Crews will also hand out more than 7,000 items of merchandise start Friday.
The Leafs will also hand out 100 free jerseys at the home opener and offer fans free fountain drinks.
“We’re excited to be back on the ice and believe our fans deserve a very special thank you for the time we were away,” said GM Dave Nonis. “Giving back a game to the fans is the right thing to do and we can’t wait to see Air Canada Centre full of our passionate fans on Monday night.”
“Leafs Nation has the greatest fans in the world. These initiatives are designed to thank as many fans as possible for their patience and loyalty and to welcome them back in style,” said MLSE President Tom Anselmi.
January 18 - 25
Over 7,000 giveaways throughout the city including Leafs tickets, sweaters, gloves, pucks and hats
three rinks that have already been refurbished by the Leafs will receive a makeover
January 18 - 21
- crews will be handing out opening night tickets to fans wearing their Leafs gear across the city
- the team will provide free skate rentals at the Nathan Phillips Square rink and give away tickets with alumni on hand
January 21 (Home Opener)
- Free scarf giveaway
- Free Coke fountain drinks all game
- 100 Leafs sweaters will be given away