The Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League are teaming up with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs will be investing $30,000 annually for the next five years to help cover things like coaching, equipment, and travel expenses. The Furies’ game against Team Alberta on November 17th is even going to be held at the Air Canada Centre and free of charge for fans. Free hockey at the ACC! What a concept!
I wonder if the Furies have really thought this one through, or perhaps they are simply not aware of how bad things have become with Toronto sports teams associated with MLSE in recent years. Remember how excited people were for the start of the Toronto Raptors season without hockey to distract everyone? Fans have barely blinked and the Raptors are already 1-6.
Nevertheless, what MLSE does for the city cannot be ignored. Giving some exposure to Women’s Hockey is a solid move. In its fifth season, the CWHL has five teams and is a not-for profit organization trying to grow the women’s game in Canada. The Furies lineup boasts Canadian Olympians Tessa Bonhomme, Sami Jo Small, and Rebecca Johnston.
Prior to Saturday night’s game there will also be an autograph session featuring former Leafs Wendel Clark, Gary Leeman, and Johnny Bower. Hockey Hall of Fame member Angela James, as well as former Olympians Jennifer Botterill, Geraldine Heaney, and Cheryl Pounder will also be on hand.
Head on down if you get the chance, it may be the only hockey you will get to see at the ACC for quite a while.