Grow with the Pros: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment's Annual Movember Campaign is underway

Team MOple Leaf Sports begins Movember campaign with its highest number of player participants ever.

TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is giving fans the chance to team up with their favourite players from their Toronto teams, the Maple Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC and Marlies. Led by Toronto Maple Leaf Colton Orr, Team MOple Leaf Sports is hoping to grow to greater lengths than ever before.

In 2012, with a team of 289 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (4th largest in Canada), Team MOple Leaf Sports raised $91,932 (8th place in Canada).  This year the campaign hopes to surpass 300 members and $100,000 raised.

"For years MLSE has been a leader in Canada both in sport and in support of men's health," Commented Pete Bombaci, Movember Canada's Country Director.  "The growth of their Movember journey has been amazing to watch and the month wouldn't be the same without them. We truly appreciate the dedication they have shown with their upper lips, both internally and on the MLSE teams. They truly are helping to change the face of men's health."

To help achieve this year's goal, Team MOple Leaf Sports has enlisted the help of 24 players from the four MLSE teams, the largest number of player participants yet.  Those growing are:

Colton Orr   James Van Riemsdyk   Mark Fraser   Steve Novak
Cody Franson   John-Michael Liles   David Broll   Steven Caldwell
Drew MacIntyre   Jerry D'Amigo   Manuel Aparicio   Ryan Richter
Tyler Biggs   Dylan Yeo   T.J. Brennan   Spencer Abbott
Jamie Devane   Kevin Marshall   Jesse Blacker   Wade MacLeod
Andrew MacWilliam   Kenny Ryan   Stefan Legein   Brad Ross

As a part of the team's Movember campaign, the Toronto Maple Leafs will host a Movember Awareness Night on November 19 versus the Phoenix Coyotes.  The game will feature Movember-themed activities and significant in-arena promotional activations.

Whether or not they can grow a moustache, all fans are encouraged to support Team MOple Leaf Sports and help create conversations regarding men's health.  Fans can become Mo Bros and Mo Sistas at http://ca.movember.com/team/1081165.

About Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) is one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Marlies  (AHL), Toronto FC (MLS), Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square and three digital channels — Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and GOLTV Canada. MLSE has also invested in four of Toronto's sports facilities — Ricoh Coliseum, home of the Marlies, BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, Lamport Stadium, and the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs and Marlies. MLSE operates and manages events at Ricoh Coliseum and BMO Field.

About Movember
Movember aims to forever change the face of men's health through the power of the moustache by raising awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health.  Since its inception as a charity event in 2004, over 2 million participants have raised almost $300 M for its causes, with official Movember campaigns taking place in 21 countries. For more information please visit movember.com.  Movember is a registered charity in Canada - BN 848215604 RR0001. 

SOURCE: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

For further information:

Media Contacts:  
Abby Albino, MLSE, 416.815.5455
Jamie Deans, MLSE, 416.815.5445

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