Former captains Darryl Sittler
and Wendel Clark
joined current Maple Leafs Luke Schenn
and Colby Armstrong
on Friday as Toronto unveiled the franchise's third sweater -- a memorable one to Leafs fans because it's an identical throwback to the blue jerseys the team wore the last time it won the Stanley Cup in 1967.
The jersey was introduced at the start of the 1967 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Leafs wore it when they captured the Stanley Cup that spring. They continued to wear the jersey through the 1969-70 season.
The sweater includes a solid, snow white, wool-felt, 11-point Maple Leaf crest similar to the Maple Leaf on the Canadian flag as the country celebrated its centennial year in 1967; felt fabric numbers and lettering, one set of thin-wide-thin stripes adorning the waist and both elbows; no shoulder patches, and a six-eyelet lace at the front of the neck. The Leafs will also wear pants adorned with a new white vertical stripe along the sides for games in which the third sweater will be used.
In a recent poll of more than 1,000 Maple Leafs fans, the 2011-12 third sweater was favored by 45 percent of voters when asked to choose between historical sweaters from other eras in team history.
The new sweater will make its debut when the Maple Leafs wear it in their opener on Oct. 6 against the Montreal Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre. In all, Toronto will wear the third sweater 14 times during the regular season.
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