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Sport Tourism Returning this fall to Budweiser Gardens 2016 Rookie Tournament

  • By Tourism London

Spectra Venue Management and Tourism London are pleased to announce that the 2016 Rookie Tournament, Presented by Scotiabank, will be held at Budweiser Gardens September 16-18, 2016.

This marks the fourth year in a row that London has hosted the tournament which features the top prospects from four of the National Hockey League’s most popular franchises. This year, Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospects will face off in three games beginning Friday, September 16 versus rookie teams from the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and rival Montreal Canadiens.

“We are very pleased that the Rookie Tournament is returning to London. It has proven to be a very successful competition that many local hockey fans look forward to experiencing,” said John Winston, General Manager, Tourism London.

"We are very excited to once again host the Rookie Tournament, a great event for hockey fans of all ages” said Brian Ohl, General Manager at Budweiser Gardens and Regional Vice President Spectra Venue Management. “The Rookie Tournament gives fans the first chance to see the new crop of young talent from four of the most popular NHL teams: The Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs”.

Tickets for the 2016 Rookie Tournament go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10am with three different packages available for purchase. The All-Event Package includes tickets to all six Rookie Tournament games and a savings of up to 25% with Adult tickets priced at just $87.00 and Students/Seniors/Kids tickets available for only $72.00.

Once again, Toronto Maple Leaf fans will be able to purchase the ‘Leafs Nation Package’ which includes all three Leaf games, while Montreal fans can see their team in action by purchasing the ‘Habs Fan Pack’. Both packages will include all three games of each respective team at a savings of up to 12%. Adult packages are $51.00 while Students/Seniors/Kids packages are $39.00. Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date to be announced.

Ticket Packages on sale Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 10am
Tickets will be available online at and by phone at 1-866-455-2849. Tickets also available in person at the Courtesy Ford Box Office at Budweiser Gardens, Western Connections at UWO, BooksPlus, and the Fanshawe College Biz Booth.

Tickets (incl. HST, FMF, plus service charges):
All-Event Package: Adults $87.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $72.00
Leafs Nation Package: Adults $51.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $39.00
Habs Fan Pack: Adults $51.00, Students/Seniors/Kids $39.00
Save up to 25% on Single Game Tickets with the All Event, Leafs Nation and Habs Fan Packages – Available for a limited time.

Full Tournament Schedule:

Friday, September 16, 2016
3:35 p.m. Game # 1 – Pittsburgh (black) vs. Montreal (red)
7:00 p.m. Game #2 – Ottawa (white) vs. Toronto (white)

Saturday, September 17, 2016
3:35 p.m. Game #3 Pittsburgh (black) vs. Ottawa (white)
7:00 p.m. Game #4 Toronto (blue) vs. Montreal (red)

Sunday, September 18, 2016
1:00 p.m. Game #5 Montreal (red) vs. Ottawa (white)
4:35 p.m. Game #6 Toronto (blue) vs. Pittsburgh (black)

For more information please contact: Marcy Redmond, Marketing Coordinator, 519-667-5740,

For All Tournament Media Credentials: Please contact Kelly Austin, Marketing Director, by email at

Toronto Maple Leafs Media Contacts: Ian Meagher, Media Relations Coordinator,

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