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Maple Leafs to wear St. Pats uniforms on March 18

Tribute is part of centennial anniversary of Toronto franchise

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As part of their centennial anniversary, the Toronto Maple Leafs will pay tribute to one of the earliest eras of their history by wearing Toronto St. Pats uniforms for their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Air Canada Centre on March 18. 

Prior to being renamed the Maple Leafs by Conn Smythe, the club was known as the St. Pats from 1919-27, winning the Stanley Cup in 1922 under that name. The franchise also won the Cup in 1918 as the Toronto Arenas.

"The Toronto Maple Leafs have a long and storied history and the St. Pats are a very important part of that history," Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said. "It will be a special moment for both our team and our fans as we recognize this memorable era in Maple Leafs and Toronto hockey history." 

The green-and-white commemorative uniform to be honored is inspired by the sweater worn by the St. Pats from 1922-25.

The Maple Leafs have worn commemorative St. Pats uniforms on one other occasion. On March 2, 2002, in a game against the Buffalo Sabres, they paid tribute to the 75th anniversary of the name change from St. Pats to Maple Leafs.

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