LNHL Faces-off in Toronto

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This week, ice rinks across Mississauga will heat up with the action of the Little Native Hockey League (LNHL) tournament returning to the region once again. With over 500 hockey games to be played between March 11th – 15th, organizers estimate approximately 3,500 participants will take part in this annual event with between 8 – 10,000 spectators taking in the action.

With a mission to lead, develop and promote a fun and positive hockey experience to Ontario First Nation Youth. The tournament is an opportunity to educate players about the values of fair play and sportsmanship, both on and off the ice, including respect for all citizens attending the LNHL.

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Little Native Hockey League (LNHL) tournament returns to Mississauga with over 500 hockey games scheduled between March 11th – 15th

Mississauga is once again host to the tournament, and will remain until its’ 50th Anniversary in 2021. The tournament begins with opening ceremonies and includes four days of competition concluding with the championship game. The pillars of the Little NHL are Sportsmanship, Education, Citizenship and Respect. Games will take place at arenas throughout Mississauga including Hersey Centre, Iceland Mississauga, Meadowvale Four Rinks, Tomken Arena and Carmen Corbasson Community Centre and Arena.

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The Hershey Centre is one of the host arenas for the Little Native Hockey League tournament March 11 – 15, 2018.

Little Native Hockey League (Little NHL) tournament was founded by five people who wanted to start a tournament for First Nation Youth:

  • Earl Abotossaway
  • former Chief Jim McGregor
  • the late James D. Debassige
  • the late Reverend Leonard Self
  • the late Norman Debassige

Their collective dreams became a reality when they held their first tournament during the Christmas break in 1971 with 17 teams participating. Each year, the tournament gets bigger and better and is now the largest annually organized First Nations Event in the Province of Ontario.

Special dignitaries in attendance throughout the week of events will include Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Don Rusnak, Parliamentary Secretary, and Charlie Angus, MP.

Former NHL alumni in attendance during the tournament will include Jonathan Cheechoo, Ted Nolan, Bryan Trottier and Reggie Leach among others. As well, Fred Sasakamoose, the first ever aboriginal player to play in the NHL will be in attendance.

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Brigette Lacquette, the first ever aboriginal female Canadian Olympic hockey player will be on hand for the 2018 LNHL hockey tournament

On Wednesday, March 14th, the tournament will put a special focus on the many female teams and role models at the tournament including former Canadian Gold medalists Becky Keller and Cheryl Pounder, who will deliver a keynote speech. As well, Brigette Lacquette, the first ever aboriginal female Canadian Olympic hockey player.

Welcome to all the players, families and officials of the LNHL and good luck to all the teams for an inspiring week ahead!

Top Ten Reasons to Meet in Toronto West

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2018 Toronto West Guide for Business Events planners

The 2018 Toronto West Guide for Business Events planners has arrived, delivered to more than 34,000 business events professionals across Canada. The guide is designed to educate and inspire planners on all that the Toronto west region has to offer for their meetings and events.

The Toronto West guide offers a dual platform (print and digital) guide on the region. The guide was distributed with the Ignite Magazine February / March 2018 issue this week to more than 34,000 corporate, association, government and third party meeting, conference and business event planners.

Toronto West is a destination within the region for groups looking for convenience, great accommodations, a wide variety of versatile meeting space and lots of dining options. It is ideally suited for fly-in meetings where local staff can interact with colleagues from across the country. Two large convention centres, as well as large conference space within a number of hotels in the area are conducive to sales meetings or product launches.

It’s all about connectivity in Toronto West – a great place to hold your next meeting and event. Inspired by the launch, here are the Top Ten reasons to plan a meeting here:

  1. Connectivity:  The Toronto West region connects all of Canada through Toronto Pearson International Airport. It’s also at the conjunction of four major highways that connect the Greater Toronto Area with all compass points from the surrounding region.
  2. Downtown Close: The UP Express is the easiest way to get groups downtown in total comfort. After meetings are done, shuttle the group to Pearson for the 25 minute direct line to Union Station and the rest of Toronto.
  3. Affordability: While almost all airport hotels have recently renovated, you’ll be spared the higher cost of downtown hotels. Check out the refreshed meeting space, rooms redesigned with the business traveller in mind and great amenities.
  4. Culinary Mastery: Area hotels feature fresh farm-to-table menus and utilize local ingredients. The trend for sharing and small plates mean more mingling and an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country.
  5. Focused Meetings: Keeping your group together—away from distractions—is another plus for area hotels. With combined meeting space and guest rooms, and large convention centres close by, getting business done has never been easier.
  6. Sports Hub: The nearby Hershey Centre features OHL and the Raptors 905 games, a great group activity for the evening. And local ice rinks are perfect for sports tournaments.
  7. Move to Wellness: Keeping fit on the road is a snap, with updated and modern gym  and pool facilities.
  8. Shopping and Entertainment: Sherway Gardens and Square One feature high-end retail.
  9. Business Hub: Mississauga is home to over 60 corporate headquarters in the pharmaceutical, financial, medical research and food and beverage industries.
  10. Relaxation: During the summer months, take advantage of the nearby Woodbine Racetrack for a night of thoroughbred racing entertainment or treat your group to a golf tournament at Royal Woodbine Golf Club, only minutes away from area hotels.

Visit the Toronto West Multi-Media Destination Hub for more interactive content including videos, photo galleries, articles, and links to our social media feeds.

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A LOOK AHEAD AT TORONTO’S YEAR IN SPORTS

Mark your calendars for what’s sure to be an exciting 2016 for sports fans!

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BASEBALL

After last year’s nail biter, fingers are crossed that this is the year for the Toronto Blue Jays, especially because this marks their 40th season! The Home Opener at Rogers Centre pits the Jays against the Boston Red Sox. Do whatever it takes to get your hands on tickets for one of their 81 home games this season!

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Toronto has basketball fever after the rousing NBA All-Star Weekend in February. The Raptors enter the playoffs this month, with their first opponent yet to be announced.

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SOCCER

Toronto FC hosts FC Dallas to open the club’s home schedule. It’s also their chance to show off their newly renovated BMO Field’s $120 million expansion at their 18 home games.
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RACING

Honda Indy Toronto takes place on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto, featuring a week of the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, live entertainment and interactive activities.

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SUMMER GAMES

The 2016 Ontario Summer Games are coming to Mississauga, with athletes 13 to 17 from all over Ontario competing in more than 32 sports, including Boxing, Diving, Karate, Kickboxing, Sledge Hockey, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Women’s Hockey, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

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HOCKEY

Over 150 of the top players in the NHL® face off in Toronto in the World Cup of Hockey, one of the most competitive, highly skilled hockey tournaments in the history of the sport. The 2016-2017 hockey season marks the 100th Anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs! And Toronto co-hosts with Montreal the 41st IIHF Ice Hockey World Junior Hockey Championships!

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FOOTBALL

The championship game of the Canadian Football League (CFL) is Canada’s largest single day sporting event. The game will be played at the renovated BMO Field, new home of the Toronto Argonauts.