Maple Leafs Defenseman Travis Dermott Named Grand Marshall for CTMP Speedfest

Maple Leafs Defenseman Travis Dermott Named Grand Marshall for CTMP Speedfest

Written by  Jerry Priddle/ CTMP Media on Friday, 17 May 2019 19:00

BOWMANVILLE, ON (May 17, 2019) – Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott has been named Grand Marshal for this weekend’s Castrol Victoria Day SpeedFest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).

The event, on now and running through to Sunday, kicks-off CTMP’s 2019 season with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and the Blancpain GT World Challenge America.

The 22-year-old Newmarket native was drafted 34th overall and signed by the Leafs organization in 2015. After playing the 2016-17 season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League – and starting there in 2017-18 - Dermott made his NHL debut with the Leafs in early 2018, playing with the big club until they were eliminated in the playoffs.

He opened the 2018-19 season on the Leafs roster, where this smart, mobile, two-way player quickly become a fan favourite. He underwent shoulder surgery recently but is expected to be ready to go at some point in the fall.

Dermott will give the command to drivers to start their engines ahead of Sunday’s 1:30 pm start to Clarington 200 – the opening round of the NASCAR PInty’s Series, Canada’s national stock car championship.

A full slate of racing action and family-friendly off-track activities are scheduled for the long week event, including a Saturday night fireworks show and live music.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit online at, or call the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Hotline at 1-800-866-1072, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


About Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Since 1961, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has been the leading racing and automotive performance facility in Canada, hosting series’ ranging from international sports cars to NASCAR on the renowned 3.957-kilometre Grand Prix track. The state-of-the-art facility provides an engaging space suitable for any event; whether you’re here for the on-track racing action or a personal celebration, CTMP offers the flexibility and capacity to accommodate any event.


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