Please join the City of Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, and me as we unveil the sign commemorating and naming the Christie Pits skating rink in honour of Sid Smith.

The rink naming ceremony and following family skate will take place on:

When: Sunday, January 14
Time: 1-3pm (ceremony at 1pm)
Where: Sid Smith Rink, Christie Pits, northwest corner (map)

Sid Smith played his entire NHL career as a left-winger with the Toronto Maple Leafs from approximately 1946-58. He was their 8th team captain in the history of the Maple Leafs franchise, serving from 1955-1956. In 2017, He was named one of the Top 100 Maple Leafs of all time. It is my pleasure to have worked with the family of Sid Smith and the City of Toronto to name the rink in Christie Pits in his honour.

A representative from MLSE will be on hand to speak on behalf of the Maple Leafs organization. Refreshments will be served in the form of hot chocolate and special edition Toronto Maple Leaf cookies will be available for all guests. After the naming ceremony is over, everyone is able to enjoy a family skate on the newly minted Sid Smith Rink.

I have heard many stories about Sid, his love for Toronto and particularly his time in Christie Pits. I have been told that when Sid was with the Maple Leafs he also played a lot of hockey in Christie Pits, living around the corner from the park and often returning from practice with the Leafs to play shinny with the youth and his neighbours.

Maple Leafs Alumni have been invited to the event, and I am hopeful some who played with him will be able to attend and share their stories as well.

As a player, Sid exhibited many of the qualities all persons participating in sport should strive for, being judged by the hockey world as the Lady Byng Trophy winner on two occasions, given to the most sportsmanlike player who exhibits a high level of skill. He also was named to seven all-star teams and won three Stanley Cups with our local sport heroes.

Generations of skaters and hockey fans alike will now have the opportunity to share the ice with Sid on Sid Smith Rink.

Hope to see you there!