Nothing like near 40c weather to make you wonder when the kids will be back on the ice:
Regular season schedules will be starting on October 13th or 14th depending on your division.
Learn to Play will commence the week after thanksgiving:
Dear NT Families
As is normally the case, we save our hockey accolades for accomplishments on the ice. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with that and NT currently has a lot to be proud of with the emergence of NT Alumnus Tom Wilson as an NHL star with the Washington Capitals.
However, we should never forget the endeavors by others who have called NT “home”. Such is the case with Tim Thompson who as a young lad was known as one of the hardest working players in the NT system. While he didn’t end up on the NHL ice, he has in fact made a significant mark on the national hockey landscape.
For those of you who tuned into the start of the Leafs/Habs game in late November on CBC, you would have seen the opening pre-game montage that was set to opera music. It was a magnificent cross-section of a rivalry more than eight decades old, stunning black-and-white and colour footage of the players of yesterday and today, their skating and battling, celebrating at full speed and in slow motion sewn through grainy film and sharp images of buildings and broadcasters and diehard supporters of both clubs.
The images alone are enough to weaken the knees. This beautiful piece of TV art is the creation of our own Tim Thompson, who has been creating such videos on CBC for over 6 years.
He called it “Dear Canada”. Others have called it “the most Canadian thing ever”.
We invite you to watch the short piece of art:
With the upcoming move away from CBC broadcasts, he composed something special to honour the show, the rivalry and history the two teams have had on the show.
Thank you Tim!
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Click on the image of Tom Wilson below to see a Gallery of photos from this event.
On August 5, Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals brought his Stanley Cup celebration back home to the Arena and our hockey club where he started his hockey career. Tom played at North Toronto from his early days in Learn to Play up to PeeWee. Along the way, he helped his team win an OHF provincial championship! Over 100 of our players were able to take advantage of Tom’s generous offer of getting a photo with him and the Stanley Cup. You can see (and download) these photos as well as others covering the event by clicking on the photo above . Many thanks go to all from our community who attended the event and generously helped support Tom’s efforts on behalf of the Sick Kids Foundation which received a donation in excess of $8,000 from this event. Thanks also to Tom for sharing this celebration with us and congratulations on an amazing achievement!