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January 10, 2018
City of Toronto invites residents to celebrate renaming of Christie Pits ice rink in honour of Sid Smith
The City of Toronto and Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) invite residents to an event on Sunday to celebrate the renaming of Christie Pits ice rink in recognition of Sid Smith and Toronto's hockey history.

Date: Sunday, January 14
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Skating rink, Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W.

This fun, family-oriented event will give the public an opportunity to celebrate the newly named Sid Smith Artificial Ice Rink with their local community. In addition to skating, there will be music, activities such as viewing a photo display, light refreshments and special appearances by Toronto Maple Leafs alumni who knew Sid Smith. Alumni will reminisce about Sid Smith as part of the Maple Leafs hockey team and offer autograph signing opportunities.

Smith, who grew up in Toronto, played 12 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, including a period as team captain. During his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he lived in the Christie Pits community and would often return from practice to play shinny with his neighbours. He died in 2004.

Sunday's event will be held rain or shine. Members of the public are encouraged to take public transit or car pool as parking is limited. Media should check in with event staff upon arrival for parking information.

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