Who would you draft to coach your team? Top fundraising teams will have the opportunity to draft an MLSE celebrity to join their team for a portion of the MLSE Team Up Challenge. The top fundraising team will kick off the Celebrity Draft with the first overall pick.
Few players in Toronto Maple Leafs history captured the imagination of hockey fans, and a place in their hearts, like number 27, Darryl Sittler. Selected as the Leafs’ first pick and eighth over-all in the 1970 Entry Draft, he became the second-youngest captain in team history. Sittler holds the record for most points in a single game, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on 1989. Today, Darryl spends time working with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Inc in areas of Corporate Partners and in community relations.
Shayne Corson, of Barrie, Ontario played Left Wing for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2000 to 2003. He also played for team Canada at the Canada Cup, World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and the 1998 Winter Olympics. Throughout his NHL career, Corson captained two hockey clubs.
Toronto-born goaltender Peter Ing, played 3 seasons in the OHL before being drafted by The Leafs in 1989. His later career was spent playing in the International Hockey League and the American Hockey League. Ing is currently the CEO of Fan-Tastic Sports.
Mike Krushelnyski played 15 seasons in the NHL, spending 4 of those seasons playing for The Leafs. He played 3 Stanley Cup winning seasons with The Edmonton Oilers in 1985, 1987, and 1988. After retiring from the NHL, Krushelnyski was an assistant coach of the Detroit Red Wings when they won The Stanley Cup in 1997. He recently competed in the 4th season of CBC's TV Show Battle of the Blades
Toronto, Ontario native, Lou Franceschetti was a fan favourite in the late 1980's, famous for his hard hits. Lou spent 2 seasons playing for The Leafs from 1989 - 1991.
Bob Nevin played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, playing 6 of those seasons with the Leafs. Bob scored 21 goals as a rookie with Toronto in the 1960-1961 season and helped the Leafs win The Stanley Cup in 1962 and 1963. At the end of his career, Nevin had played 1128 NHL games, recording 307 goals and 419 assists for a total of 726 points.
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De Rosario is considered one of the most iconic Toronto FC players of our time. He would start playing for his hometown club during the 2009 season. Soon after joining the team this hometown hero would be named the Captain of the Toronto FC. De Rosario would leave the club in 2011, only to return back to his hometown in 2014. This would mark his last season playing for his hometown with the Toronto FC.
Mike Johnson played in the NHL from 1997 - 2008, making his professional debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was named to the 1997-1998 NHL All-Rookie Team, and later went on to play in the German Professional Ice Hockey League. Johnson is now an analyst for the NHL Network and TSN, and serves as a color commentator for the Winnipeg Jets.
Dave has a wide scope of experience in hockey, having played in various leagues. He played for both the NHL and European leagues. Dave is known for having played on four separate NHL teams during the 1991-1992. He is also known for his great showings in the OHL playing for the Kitchener Rangers and the North Bay Centennials.
Reid Mitchell was named Director of Hockey and Scouting Administration on October 29, 2008. Mitchell joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2000, working in the media relations department. After working in media relations with the Maple Leafs, Mitchell spent five seasons as the club’s video coach. During that time, Mitchell also worked as the video coach for Hockey Canada. Mitchell’s main day-to-day responsibility with the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey club is to manage league/CBA paperwork with the NHL Central Registry office including player contracts, transfer forms, injured lists, waivers, rosters and salary cap management. Mitchell also helps coordinate scouting efforts, handles all immigration matters and manages special projects for the team president and general manager.
Tom Fergus played junior hockey for the Peterborough Petes, and was selected 60th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft where he played until he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1986. Fergus immediately became Toronto’s top centre and set a new career high with 31 goals in 1985–86, as well as matching his career high of 73 points.
Evanka Osmak is one of the Primetime Anchors of Sportsnet Central. Every week night, along with co-anchor Ken Reid she delivers the sports highlights and news of the day. She has been part of the Sportsnet family for the past 9 years.
Prior to joining Sportsnet in 2007, Osmak spent time working in television at KYMA in Yuma, Arizona and in radio at JACK-FM in Orillia, ON as a news reporter. Osmak received a diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Seneca College and York University. Before pursuing a career in broadcasting, she received her Civil Engineering degree from Queen’s University.
Osmak is very involved in giving back to the community. She is a board member of Special Olympics Ontario, a Golf Canada Ambassador for Golf Fore the Cure and sits on the Sports Media Canada luncheon committee.
She was born in New Jersey, but raised in Oakville, ON. She now lives in Toronto with her husband, Adam.
Kat Stefankiewicz tackles the entertainment world with a genuine enthusiasm, class and diversity, working professionally as a host, emcee, dancer, actor and choreographer. A passion for sports led Kat to the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment family where she started as a member of the Raptors Dance Pak, standing as captain for three seasons.
She has since replaced her dancing shoes with a microphone and is the in-game host for the Toronto Raptors. Kat also works as a host and reporter for NBA TV Canada, the Raptors Rundown web show and Open Gym Fastbreak on Bell Fibe TV1. When she's not working in sports, she's playing sports and looks forward to an incredible day in support of Camp Trillium.
MVP of the 2012 season, Terry Dunfield was the engine of Toronto FC during his three year stint with the club. Known for his high work rate Dunfield became a fan favourite for his hustle on the field. His notable TFC moment was scoring the game winner over the Whitecaps in the final minute of stoppage time against his former team. Terry has played for Manchester City FC in the English Premier League. Terry was a full Canadian International.
Leo Rytis Rautins is a Canadian broadcaster, former professional basketball player and the former head coach of the Canadian men's national basketball team. Rautins played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and was the first Canadian to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983. After a brief retirement, Rautins returned to basketball and played in European professional league from 1985 until 1992. Rautins has been a broadcaster for the Toronto Raptors since the team's inception in 1995.
Paul Hendrick has been the Toronto Maple Leafs' sideline reporter for 2 decades. The Leafs TV veteran began his broadcast career in Sault St Marie in 1979 and spent nearly 17 years working at CHCH TV in Hamilton before moving to the Leafs in 1996
Jonathan Osorio is a Canadian soccer player from Toronto, who has played as a midfielder for Toronto FC since 2013. Jonathan made his debut in 2011 when he was invited to play for Canada in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemla.
Caputi, a native of Toronto, was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2007-08 he played with the Niagara IceDogs and capped his four-year OHL career with a 51-goal, 111-point season. Following his time in the OHL, Luca played in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins and his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. In 35 career NHL games he scored three goals and added six assists. He wrapped up his playing career in Sweden last season and is now an assistant coach for the Guelph Storm.
Al Iafrate played for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1984-1991. He is most famous for his extremely hard slap shot. He set a record for velocity during the NHL Skills Competition of 1993, a record which stood for 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3 km/h). The record was broken in 2009 by Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins with a slap shot at 105.4 mph in Montreal.
Ric Nattress played for five different teams and over 500 regular season games. In 1980, he was drafted by the Montreal Canadians, and made his pro debut at the Calder Cup playing 5 playoff games. In 1987, Ric was traded to the Calgary Flames where he played a steady defensive role and went on to help the Calgary Flames win the Stanley Cup in 1989. In 1991, Ric was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal that saw center Doug Gilmour and veteran Jamie Macoun head east and Gary Leeman head to the Flames. Nattress became a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers, before retiring in 1992-93 season.
Born in Toronto, Mike was a 2nd round pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He’s had an impressive 11 year professional career with the Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. Having played almost 200 games in the NHL, his decorated career includes a Stanley Cup championship win with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. Mike is known as much for his conduct off the ice as on it, in 2013 he won the AHL Man of the Year Award for his contributions to local communities and charitable organizations.
Bower is considered one of the greatest Leafs goalies of all time. He stood between the pipes for the Blue and White from 1958-1970 until he was 45 years old. Bower’s most successful NHL season was the 1960-1961 campaign where he had a phenomenal 33-15-10 season. Bower backstopped the Leafs to Stanley cup Champions in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.
Shannon played women's hockey for The Niagara Purple Eagles of Niagara University. She was honoured as Captain of the team in her last 2 semesters with the Eagles. Moulson now plays professional hockey in the Canadian Women's Hockey League for the Toronto Furies.
Jama serves as Assistant Coach/Player Development for The Toronto Raptors Basketball Club and prior to that served as Director of Basketball Operations for the NBA in Asia. Prior to this, Jama worked for the Toronto Raptors Community Development team and ran and executed the Raptors Basketball Academy. A four year Assistant Coach with the University of Toronto, he is also a graduate of the University of British Columbia where he captained the team to a Canada West Championship and 2 consecutive trips to Nationals. Jama's passion is people and he spent 10 years running Concrete Hoops Basketball, which offered life skill development programming through basketball in Canada, Swaziland, Kenya and Brazil.
Jones, a television veteran and former player, co-hosts Double Dribble and Hoops with Eric Smith. Paul is the play-by-play man for Raptors radio broadcasts. Jones’ has previously been seen doing basketball analysis on nationally televised games on TSN.
Lifelong Leafs fan and defenseman, Corrado was selected by the Canucks in the fifth round in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Corrado spent 4 years within the Canucks organization before being claimed by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in October, 2015, where he continues to tear up the ice at the ACC.
Magloire was drafted 19th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. Throughout his 12 year career, Magloire played for the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, and the Toronto Raptors. Magloire was voted into the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, making him only the second Canadian All-Star in NBA history. By ending his career in Toronto, Magloire ensured he had an opportunity to play for his hometown team and he becamse the first Canadian born player for the Raptors.