Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment enters deal with Canadian Tire
Toronto Maple Leaf Matthew Lombardi is congratulated by his teammates following his second goal of the game during third period NHL hockey action against the New York Islanders in Toronto on Monday, January 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, September 9, 2013 9:54PM EDT
TORONTO -- Hockey fans can expect to see the Canadian Tire logo in-ice during Toronto Maple Leafs home games at the Air Canada Centre under a new partnership with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
The two companies announced an extensive and sweeping business partnership Monday that they say "matches up Canada's leading sports retail brands and the country's largest professional sports organization."
In addition to extensive branding, the partnership includes plans for a new Sport Chek store in Maple Leaf Square and MLSE apparel stores in select Canadian Tire stores.
The partnership involves Canadian Tire, Sport Chek, Mark's, Partsource, National Sports, Pro Hockey Life, and Atmosphere -- all companies owned within the Canadian Tire family of companies.
Under MLSE, the partnership includes the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, Toronto Marlies, the MLSE Foundation, Air Canada Centre, BMO Field, Ricoh Coliseum, Real Sports Apparel and Real Sports Bar & Grill.
The partnership also includes exclusive consumer promotions.
Canadian Tire will get premium brand positioning at Air Canada Centre, including in-ice at Toronto Maple Leafs home games.
"MLSE and our teams are thrilled to partner with Canadian Tire Corporation," Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of MLSE, said Monday in a statement.