Skate with an NHL icon and Olympic gold medalist at meet-and-greet in Brampton

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Published January 10, 2024 at 3:34 pm

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Former Toronto Maple Leaf Eric Lindros will be in Brampton for a free community skate on Sunday. (Photo: City of Brampton)

The city has enlisted the help of NHL star Eric Lindros and Olympic gold medalist Jocelyn Larocque of the Toronto PWHL to ring in the new year with a meet-and-greet in Brampton.

The Mayor’s New Year’s Levee is on for another year in Brampton this Sunday, giving residents a chance to meet with Mayor Patrick Brown and members of Brampton City Council to exchange best wishes and greetings for the year ahead.

The meet-and-greet runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Brampton City Hall Atrium with a reception followed by a free community skate in Gage Park.

And two special guests, each with their own long list of accolades, will also be making an appearance for the free community skate.

Former Toronto Maple Leaf and Philadelphia Flyer Eric Lindros will lace up his skates in Brampton on Sunday along with Olympic gold medalist and Toronto PWHL defensive player Jocelyn Larocque.

A hockey hall of famer and recipient of the Order of Ontario, Lindros retired in 2007 after decades in the NHL and rose to fame as a member of the “Legion of Doom” – the nickname given to Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg who played on the same line for Philadelphia in the mid-’90s.

Larocque has been on the Olympic podium three times as a member of the Canadian women’s  hockey team, taking home Gold medals in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and 2022 Beijing Olympics, and a Silver in 2018 in Pyeongchang. She is also on the newly-formed Professional Women’s Hockey League Toronto team, tallying as assist in the team’s regular season opener against New York.

Attendees will get to hear from Brampton’s Town Crier, get their photos taken with Mayor Brown and councillors, and lace up their skates with Larocque and Lindros while enjoying a live performance and refreshments.

And with this year being Brampton’s 50th birthday, the city is encouraging residents to commemorate the milestone.

The 50th-annual Mayor’s New Year’s Levee runs on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more details visit www.Brampton.ca.

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