It's that time of year again when the NHL season is just about to start and two of Canada's biggest rivals are about to face off for the first puck drop of the 2019-2020 season. The Toronto Maple Leafs face off against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday, October 2. Can't make it to the game? Well, you can be part of a huge free-admission tailgate party instead.

Gates open at 5 p.m. on Wednesday night and admission is totally free. So grab your favourite Leafs jersey, make up those homemade signs to show your team pride.

There will be ticket giveaways and other amazing prizes to be won. Special guests and a live DJ will be in attendance to cheer on the Leafs in their home opener. According to the team's website, those special guests will include as-yet-unnamed former Leafs stars.

So, make sure to arrive on time to get a good spot and watch the game on "a new and improved big screen!"

You can watch all your fan favourites hit the ice surrounded by a bunch of fans who love the Leafs just as much as you do.

It's fair to say the Leafs have had plenty to deal with this offseason, from Mitch Marner's contract situation to Auston Matthews' charge in the U.S.

News of Matthews' charge was also followed by criticism from Leafs fans, many of whom seem to be doubting whether or not the star fits the bill for the team's new captain.

Fans will hope this season changes things around for Toronto's beloved team, starting Wednesday.

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