The Toronto Maple Leafs rookie tournament begins in London Friday at Budweiser Gardens.
This is the fourth year the tournament will be held in London.
Rookies from the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will also participate.
London Knights star Mitch Marner will play for the Leafs but Toronto’s #1 overall pick this past summer, Auston Matthews, will not. He’s playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.
The tournament will feature six Knights players. Marner, JJ Piccinich, Nicolas Mattinen, Victor Mete, C.J. Yakimowicz and Brandon Crawley. Marner, Piccinich and Mattinen are all in the Maple Leafs system, Mete was drafted by Montreal over the summer while Yakimowicz and Mattinen are prospects in the Pittsburgh system.
Aside from Marner, all are expected to return to London this season. Marner is eligible to return but could crack Toronto’s roster. If he doesn’t make the Maple Leafs squad, he’ll be sent back to the Knights as he isn’t eligible to play in the AHL.
The tournament will run from September 16th-18th.
Full Tournament Schedule:
Friday, September 16, 2016
3:35 p.m. Game # 1 – Pittsburgh (black) vs. Montreal (red)
7:00 p.m. Game #2 – Ottawa (white) vs. Toronto (white)
Saturday, September 17, 2016
3:35 p.m. Game #3 Pittsburgh (black) vs. Ottawa (white)
7:00 p.m. Game #4 Toronto (blue) vs. Montreal (red)
Sunday, September 18, 2016
1:00 p.m. Game #5 Montreal (red) vs. Ottawa (white)
4:35 p.m. Game #6 Toronto (blue) vs. Pittsburgh (black)
Ticket packages are still on sale. They can be purchased at www.budweisergardens.com, 1-866-455-2849, the Budweiser Gardens Box Office, Western Connections at UWO, BooksPlus, and the Fanshawe College Biz Booth.
All-Event Package: Adults $87.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $72.00
Leafs Nation Package: Adults $51.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $39.00
Habs Fan Pack: Adults $51.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $39.00