The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled 100th anniversary uniforms at the 2016 NHL Draft on Friday that will be worn next season.
The sweaters were revealed for the first time when Toronto announced the selection of center Auston Matthews with the No. 1 pick at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Inspired by past uniforms, the sweater features a larger version of the Maple Leafs' new logo, which was unveiled in February.
"Much like the new Toronto Maple Leaf logo that pays tribute to the club's championship legacy, but also represents the start of an exciting new chapter in team history, our new uniforms are meant to be classic and timeless," Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said. "There is a simplicity in the design so that the focus is always solely on the crest. Conn Smythe spoke of his team wearing the Maple Leaf badge with 'honour, pride and courage,' and those words are now stitched into the collar of each sweater so that our players and fans are reminded of that every time they put it on."
A number of the uniform's new design characteristics, inspired by the classic Maple Leafs logo of the 1940s and 1960s, that distinguish it include:
- The new Maple Leaf has 31 points, a nod to the year 1931 and a defining moment in their history with the opening of Maple Leaf Gardens. The new logo maintains a strong connection to the classic Leafs logo of the past while offering a fresh take on it for the future.
- The new badge contains a total of 17 veins, representing the year the franchise was founded (1917), and includes 13 veins at the top of the crest to commemorate the Maple Leafs' Stanley Cup championships.
- The outline, seen in the most recent version of this Maple Leaf from 1963-1967, has been removed to create a cleaner, bolder look.
The new Maple Leaf sweaters will be available for sale at the Toronto Maple Leafs Store Powered by Real Sports Apparel on Sept. 1 with an online presale available on Aug. 1.