TIM HORTON'S BANNER DELIVERED TO COCHRANE AS PART OF MAPLE LEAFS CENTENNIAL SEASON BANNER TOUR
As part of the Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Season celebrations during the 2016-17 NHL season, the team will create new banners to hang in Air Canada Centre to pay tribute to the players that have had their numbers honoured. Beginning this summer and throughout the season, the 18 original Air Canada Centre banners will be delivered to the hometowns that produced these players, the greatest in the franchise’s history.
HORTON BANNER WHERE IT BELONGS
Tonight, Tim Horton’s banner was delivered to Cochrane, with the official arrival taking place at the Tim Hortons Events Centre with Tim’s daughters Jeri, Kelly and Tracy in attendance.
The President and Alternate Governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brendan Shanahan had plenty to say about Mr. Horton and the celebration at hand. “In addition to training camp in Halifax and pre-season games in Halifax, Hamilton and St. Catharines, this banner tour will see an important part of Maple Leafs history permanently on display in the hometowns of our greatest players.”
One of our goals throughout our Centennial Season, in addition to celebrating the rich history of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be to share the excitement of this special season with Leaf fans far and wide and thank them for their support. – Brendan Shanahan
“In 1993, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Leafs Alumni began the tradition of honouring former Leafs greats by raising their names and numbers to the rafters of Maple Leaf Gardens until the team moved to the Air Canada Centre where the tradition continued,” said Peter Ing, President of the Leafs Alumni. “For years, hockey fans in Toronto have been able to enjoy these ceremonies and see the banners when they visit Air Canada Centre. It’s special to know that now, fans in the communities that produced those players will be able to see their banners as well.”
A COMMUNITY OF PRIDE FOR HORTON
Born in Cochrane Ontario, Tim Horton would go on to play 20 seasons on the Maple Leafs blue line. A four-time Stanley Cup champion, he played 1,185 games on defense, including a Leafs record of 486 in a row. On six occasions Tim was named and NHL First or Second Team All Star and on November 21, 1995, he was honoured when his number 7 was raised to the rafters of Maple Leaf Gardens.
“As northerners and rural Canadians, we take great pride in the accomplishments of our own,” said Peter Politis, Mayor, Cochrane, Ontario. “Tim embodied everything it means to be a northerner; tough, determined and skilled, while remaining humble and genuine. We couldn’t be prouder and we couldn’t be more grateful to the Toronto Maple Leafs for allowing us this opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Tim Horton to Leafs Nation along with them.