Maple Leafs kick off on-line gaming match

TORONTO Getting already brought the Raptors and Toronto FC to the esports earth, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is now looking for the best hockey video gamers. The Toronto Maple Leafs and WorldGaming Network have announced Leafs Gaming League, a one-versus-one online ladder for “EA Athletics NHL 19″ gamers. “We want to find the best ‘NHL 19’ gamer in Leafs Nation and crown them as the Leafs gaming champion,” said Shane Talbot, MLSE’s esports manager. From Oct. 3 through the 2018 holiday season, “NHL 19” gamers can compete on the internet with ladder rankings determining qualification for various promotions and tournaments, including the grand finals Jan. 3 at Scotiabank Arena. The prize for the winner has yet to be announced. All players will use the Maple Leafs as their team, moving up and down the ladder depending on their results. The top eight players on the ladder as of midnight Oct. 18 will also take part in Leafs Gaming Day on Oct. 21 at Real Sporting activities Bar and Grill in Toronto. Organizers are not sure how many gamers the Taylor Leier Jersey on line match will attract. “What we know is that Toronto is well-represented in the NHL (gaming) community. We know there’s a lot of top players in Leaf Nation. So we’re excited to see what the response is,” said Talbot.