The Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies are proud to host our Celebrating Black Excellence Games on February 24 and 26.
Friday, February 24, 2023
7:00 pm
@ Scotiabank Arena
Sunday, February 26, 2023
4:00 pm
@ Coca-Cola Coliseum

Black History Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the immense contributions the Black community has made within Canadian culture. It is also a moment to reflect on the various barriers that continue to hinder Black progress. Our Celebrating Black Excellence game is an opportunity for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies to use our platform as a conduit for promoting and celebrating Black culture, creativity, and representation while continuing our commitment to breaking down barriers.


Sports are more than just a game and in their nature bring people together over a common good. We want to foster an environment that respects all individuals of diverse sexual and gender identities to create a safe space for individuals to be their authentic selves.


Pronouns: Pronouns are used to refer to someone in a way that accurately reflects their identity. (She. Her. Hers. He. Him. His. They. Them. Theirs)

Lesbian: An identity for women who are attracted to other women.

Gay: An identity for people who are emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to members of their same gender.

Bisexual: An identity for people who are emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender or gender identity.

Transgender: A term that describes people whose gender identity is different from their sex assigned at birth.

Queer: A term that makes space for the expression of identities and orientations outside of rigid categories associated with sex, gender or attraction.

Cisgender: Refers to someone whose gender identity is the same as the sex assigned to them at birth.

2SLGBTQ+: Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, + is inclusive of people who identify as part of sexual and gender diverse communities who use additional terminologies.


Red = Life

Orange = Healing

Yellow = Sunlight

Green = Nature

Blue = Serenity

Purple = Spirit

Black& Brown = Represent Queer People of Colour

White, Pink & Baby Blue = Represent Transgender and Non Binary Individuals

Black Excellence Game Artist
Real Sports Apparel

In these pieces for MLSE, the artist anchored the artwork in Pan-African colors (red, green, and black) to speak to all members of the Black Diaspora. The central beaming figure and gold and purple accents represent the dignified and joyous spirit of the Black community as well. As a whole this artwork focuses on bright, uplifting imagery to celebrate Canada’s Black community, and their contributions to the league.