Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game

Leafs vs Canadiens

I'm so happy to be finally getting started on my #Canada150Project. To help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, I have decided to visit, eat, and meet iconic Canadian things to share with all of you! And I'm sure it will surprise no one that my very first Canadian thing, was a hockey game.
Yes, it truly is Canada's sport. Canadians are very passionate about hockey, at every level. In our town everyone supports the Kitchener Rangers OHL team. You always know when a game day is because every Tim Horton's coffee shop puts out a Ranger donut (it's a vanilla dip with red and blue icing and/or sprinkles). It's fun, it's cute but the love for the Leafs is so much bigger.

Toronto Maple Leafs game

People have waited their whole lives to see them win another Stanley Cup, last time was 1967, and no matter how they do, people stand by them. Game day in Toronto is on another level. Entire families walking the streets in jerseys, hats, flags, all in Toronto Maple Leafs. The Hockey Hall of Fame is just around the corner from the Air Canada Centre where the Leafs play, so it really is easy to make an entire day centred around your Maple Leafs. The ACC was full during this game, not an empty seat in sight. It had a lot to do with who they were playing, the Montreal Canadiens. This was a tense game on the ice and in the stands. Looks like a lot of Montreal fans bought seats in blue territory and let's just saw when Montreal scored and the fans in the red jerseys jumped to their feet, there was an awful lot of side eye coming from the Leafs fans.

Hockey night in Canada

One of the things that I really wanted to talk about in this blog post is the cost to go see a Toronto Maple Leafs game. It had been many, many years since my last Leafs game (y'all know I am a diehard baseball fan) so I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of beer and food prices. So I did what anyone would do, I Googled it. And come up empty. I couldn't believe it! So I am going to tell you exactly how much this game cost, starting with the tickets. We had front row in the 300 level (great seats!) for the low, low price of $180 each. For two people that is $360 for one game. Luckily, we were gifted this tickets from family but I still wince at the cost. 

Toronto Maple Leafs game

I got over the ticket prices as soon as I saw the beer prices! Right behind our seats was the Draught Deck, a bar/lounge area with live musicians, bar tables and seats, and a nice long bar to get served at. AMH went with a 28 oz. Rickards Red and I choose a 28 oz. Blue Moon for a grand total of $17 per beer. That's $34, not including tip. A few other prices to note, an ice cream bar $7 and once I saw that a pizza slice or a bag of popcorn was $10, I stopped looking at eating here as an option. I read very recently that visiting a Toronto game is the most expensive night out in all of the NHL and well, I can confirm it. 

Toronto Maple Leafs

But I'll be the first to admit it was nice to get out with my fellow Canadians and cheer on two of our most iconic hockey teams. Our national anthem was performed by a young lady and I really wish I caught her name because her performance was so moving, there was not a dry eye in the ACC. The giant Canadian flag light up helped bring out the sentimental patriot in all of us. 

Toronto Hockey

At each game, a Canadian member of our military is honoured with a jersey and this well deserving vet received his jersey from none other than Johnny Bower. Now I didn't grow up a hockey fan but even I know the name Johnny Bower! Nicknamed "The China Wall" he won four Stanley Cups as goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs and has been named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history. At 92 years young, he seemed pretty spry and when the entire ACC stood for him, he waved to his 20,000 adoring fans. 

ACC Toronto

After spending the full day walking around the city, we were exhausted and decided to leave just before the third period. The ACC has a giant screen at the main entrance and if it wasn't so cold, it would have made a fun way to see the game. While sitting in our nicely heated car (thank you seat warmers) we listened to the remainder of the game and while it ended in a loss for the Toronto Maple Leafs, it sure was a fun night out.