This past year, I worked with the family of Sid Smith to rename the Christie Pits ice-rink after the 11th captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Please save the date to join us in celebrating the naming of Sid Smith Rink, followed by a skating party.

When: Sunday, January 14
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Sid Smith Rink (formerly Christie Pits Rink) – map

Sid played a lot of hockey in Christie Pits, living around the corner from the park and often returning from practice with his professional team to play shinny with his neighbours. Sid played for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1946 to 1958, serving as team captain in the 1955-56 season. He was the winner of the Stanley Cup on three occasions with the Maple Leafs, and was a Lady Byng trophy (given to the most sportsmanlike player who exhibits a high level of skill) winner on two occasions.

Details are still being ironed out, but Maple Leafs alumni have been invited and there will be a special guest speaking on behalf of the Maple Leafs organization. I will send more information about this party in the new year but it is my pleasure to name this rink in Sid Smith’s honour, and I am looking forward to celebrating this occasion with all of you.