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Check Out Ontario's Hockey Teams

From the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Brampton Thunder

You'll find few debates about the popularity of hockey in Canada – and if you do, it's probably more about who's going to win this year's Con Smythe Trophy, or lead the NHL in points. As you embark on your next trip through Ontario, be sure to catch a game or two in cities like Toronto and Ottawa.

One of the most popular professional hockey teams in the province is the Toronto Maple Leafs. Whether you're a major sports fan, or simply looking for a fun evening with the family in Toronto, visit the Air Canada Centre and catch a Maple Leafs game. The NHL regular season begins in early October.

Your stay in the Toronto Metro Area should yield an exciting experience with the Maple Leafs – nearby cities like Richmond Hill and Georgetown prove to be excellent places to stay.

In Brampton, which is just west of Toronto, you'll find the Brampton Thunder. A member of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, the Brampton Thunder play all home games at the Powerade Centre, only minutes east of downtown Brampton. Visit from nearby Milton and experience premier hockey in Ontario.

When your Ontario visit has you exploring Ottawa and the central region, don't miss out on a thrilling Ottawa Senators game. Playing all home games at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Ottawa Senators were founded in 1990, and are a member of the NHL – the second of the two NHL teams in the province.

The Senators are in the Eastern Conference and play within the Atlantic Division. You can visit from Smith Falls, Cornwall, or Renfrew.

Be sure to find your way to Hamilton and see an exciting Hamilton Bulldogs game at the FirstOntario Centre. A member of the American Hockey League, the Bulldogs were founded in 1996, and won the 2007 Calder Cup. Make the short drive in from Burlington or Cambridge any time during the fall and winter to see the Bulldogs play.