As the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate the franchise's Centennial Anniversary this season, the team announced that it will pay tribute to one of the earliest eras of the club's history by wearing St. Pats uniforms on March 18 at Air Canada Centre as the Leafs face the Chicago Blackhawks.
Prior to being renamed the Maple Leafs by Conn Smythe, the hockey club was known as the St. Pats from 1919 to 1927, winning the Stanley Cup in 1922 under that moniker, the franchise's second after winning its original championship as the Toronto Arenas in 1918.
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Before the Maple Leaf and Red Wings stars of today match up outdoors in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic on New Year's Day, the legends of yesterday for both teams will face off in the 2017 Rogers NHL Centennial Classic Alumni Game, a game that celebrates the rich history of the two Original Six franchises.
In this, their Centennial Season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are delivering the original ACC player banners to the hometowns of their greatest players.
Eight have been delivered so far and in a stretch of just fourteen days, four were delivered across two provinces… and two nations.
One undisputable fact is that mining towns produce Maple Leafs stars. Towns that mine for iron, copper, nickel and gold. On the fortnight that began November 27, a Leaf that wore that very same number, returned home to Timmins (Schumacher to be completely accurate), the McIntyre Arena and the very ice surface on which he learned to love the game. Frank Mahovlich along with Bill Barilko called this gold mining town home.
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.
Toronto Maple Leafs retire the numbers of 17 players
Dave Keon's number 14 joins 18 other banners to hang in Air Canada Centre rafters
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Moments before dropping the puck in the team's Centennial Anniversary home opener, the Toronto Maple Leafs officially retired the numbers of 16 players that were once honoured with banners hanging in Air Canada Centre, alongside the two previously retired numbers of Ace Bailey and Bill Barilko. The team also added Dave Keon to the distinguished group by raising a new banner to retire his number 14.
Keon on being one of the The One Hundred Maple Leafs
Dave Keon speaks with the media about being named number one of the The One Hundred Maple Leafs in franchise history
One day after he was honoured with his own, life-sized bronze statue on the Maple Leafs' Legends Row, franchise icon Dave Keon received one of the ultimate individual compliments any player can hope for when he was named the greatest Leaf in the 100-year-history of the team. But, in typically-humble fashion, the four-time Stanley Cup winner and Hockey Hall of Famer spoke more about the people who came before him and his teammates during the Friday announcement of the 100 Greatest Leafs - "The One Hundred", as it's called - than he spoke of his own incredible accomplishments.
31-member committee selects The One Hundred greatest players in franchise history Commemorative poster to be sold at GTA Canadian Tire stores to raise funds for community programs
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As the franchise prepares for its Centennial Anniversary home opener tomorrow night, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced today the definitive list of the one hundred greatest players in team history at Real Sports Bar & Grill with 'The One Hundred' presented by Canadian Tire. Dave Keon, who had his statue on Legends Row unveiled yesterday, was selected by the committee as the greatest player of the past 100 years.
As part of the celebration of The One Hundred, a commemorative team illustration of the 100 players voted as the greatest players in Maple Leafs history has been produced and will be sold exclusively at Canadian Tire stores throughout the Greater Toronto Area with net proceeds being donated to Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, MLSE Foundation and the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Association.
When the Leafs celebrate their Centennial Home Opener this Saturday, it'll be quite the birthday party as one of the world's most popular electronic artists (and not to mention a multiple Grammy-nominee) Joel Zimmerman, AKA deadmau5 will be debuting an exclusive Leafs track at the game, specially written for the team.
It was a picture-perfect, crisp Fall afternoon Thursday in Toronto - ideal weather to be talking about the sport that courses through the city's veins year-round, and ideal weather for the Maple Leafs to add three franchise icons - former captain Dave Keon, defenceman Tim Horton, and goaltender Turk Broda - to the Legends Row exhibit outside Air Canada Centre.