The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled their team uniform for the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial ClassicTM on Monday. The sweater will make its in-game debut on Sunday, January 1 when the Maple Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings for the outdoor contest.
The uniform is a contemporary variation of their home sweater, which celebrates the history of the team while giving a symbolic nod to the next century of Maple Leafs hockey. The iconic Maple Leaf crest, which is taken from the team's newly redesigned home uniform, the bold singular band of white that encircles the sweater, and the veins within the crest are trimmed in silver as a celebration of the National Hockey League's and the Maple Leafs' 100th year. The sweater also includes a commemorative NHL Centennial Classic™ shoulder patch.
"The NHL Centennial Classic will be a special moment in our year-long celebration of 100 years of Maple Leafs hockey and this new sweater offers a signature look for the occasion, combining important elements of our club's past, but also our present and future as it features the new Maple Leaf crest," said Brendan Shanahan, Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor. "We look forward to this event being a memorable day for both our fans and our team and this unique sweater will be an important part of those memories."
Several elements of the uniform pay homage to the team's past. The words 'Honour, Pride and Courage' stitched into the back of the neck of the sweater, similar to the team's new sweaters, are taken from a famous Conn Smythe quote and represents the values the franchise strives to represent. The horizontal singular band of white across the body of the sweater is reminiscent of the Toronto St. Pats sweater worn from 1922 to 1925, and as a tribute to the franchise's origin, the pants are adorned with a white Toronto Arenas "T."
Fans can be one of the first to own the new NHL Centennial Classic™ sweater, available online now atshop.nhl.com and at shop.realsports.ca. The sweater will be available for purchase in-store beginning Tuesday, November 22 at 10 a.m. The Toronto Maple Leafs Store Powered by Real Sports Apparel has also launched an exclusive Centennial Survival Kit, which includes the sweater, a toque, scarf and patch in a keepsake box. Limited quantities are available for pre-order online only at http://www.shop.realsports.ca/collections/centennial-classic.
For more information on the Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Celebration, visit mapleleafs.com/centennial.
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