The term "Maple Leafs" redirects here. See Maple leaf for further information (disambiguation). The Toronto Maple Leafs (officially the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club, but often known as the Leafs) are a professional ice hockey team headquartered in Toronto. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise was founded in Ontario's capital city in 4 February 1917 as the Toronto Arenas, and they were initially a member of the American Hockey Association. After only one season, the team changed their name to the Toronto Marlboros before resuming play as the Maple Leafs in 1918-19.
The Maple Leaf is the national flag of Canada. It is also the official emblem of several organizations, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario's provincial police force, and the Canadian Armed Forces. The word "maple" in the name alludes to this plant, which produces a maple syrup that is used as a food source for humans and animals. The hockey club was named after the flag; it is believed that owner Conn Smythe came up with the name during a game against the Boston Bruins when he noticed that their maple leaves were made of wood.
There is some controversy over how the name became associated with the team. Some claim that it was born completely independently of any connection to the flag or hockey club.
The Canadiens-Maple Leafs rivalry is a professional ice hockey rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canadiens and Maple Leafs are the league's oldest clubs, having been founded in 1909 and 1917, respectively. They are also the only remaining members of their respective leagues from when they were founding members of the NHL: the Canadiens were among the six original teams who joined that league in 1924, while the Maple Leafs were an expansion team who began play in 1927.
The two teams have met each other in over 700 games as of the end of the 2016-17 season, with the Canadiens holding a lead in the series 434 to 391.
They first met on December 30, 1926, in the opening game of the inaugural season for both teams. The Canadiens won that game 3-0. From then on out, the series has always ended in a three way tie.
In fact, no team has ever held a lead in the series until the end of the second game. Since then, the Canadiens have a 255-185-14 record against the Maple Leafs, including a 26-game winning streak from January 27 to March 9, 1967.
The most recent meeting between these two teams took place on April 8, 2017.
It's named "The Toronto Maple Leafs," not "Leaves," because during the war, there was an elite force of Canadian troops known as the "Leafs," not "Leaves," for some strange reason. As a result, the team name is focused on the elite troops rather than the leaves themselves.
The official website of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club is Torontomapleleafs.com. The Maple Leafs and mapleleafs.com are MLSE trademarks. The National Hockey League's registered trademarks include the NHL Shield, the word mark and picture of the Stanley Cup, and the NHL Conference logos. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.
With more than 100 million visits per year, mapleleafs.com is one of the most-visited sports websites in the world. The site covers news from the hockey club, as well as team and league updates, game recaps, in-depth analysis, and more.
MapleLeafs.com was launched on January 13, 1997. The site has since become a destination for hockey fans to find out about their beloved Maple Leafs.
The site is run by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE). A subsidiary of MLSE, Toronto FC plays in Major League Soccer. The company also owns the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto where many of the Maple Leafs games are played.
The website received a redesign in 2009 that made it more mobile responsive and added interactive features such as live scoring, polls, and videos.
In 2011, the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment group acquired BC Lions football club.
Since 1920, the Maple Leaf has always been on the jersey. The Canadian women's national ice hockey team is the women's hockey team that represents Canada. They have won two gold medals at the Winter Olympics and one in the first ever international women's ice hockey tournament.
The team was founded in 1967 when the women's game was still considered to be a minor sport in Canada. It wasn't until the 1980 Winter Olympics that the country's top ice hockey players started to take interest in the new season of play. Since then the team has been successful, winning the silver medal in 1998 and 2010. The Canadians also have a record three gold medals from different events at the World Championships.
Canada's National Hockey League (NHL) teams have never had female fansites, but that is about to change. The Toronto Maple Leafs announced in April 2014 that they will launch "Leafs Nation," a website specifically for female fans of the team. The site will feature news, interviews with players, and any other content related to life as a fan of the team.
There are several factors behind why no women's NHL team has ever formed before now. One reason is the fact that there are already many male-dominated sports leagues in Canada so more people tend to watch them instead of women's sports.
The historic Ryerson Mattamy Athletic Centre is located on the crossroads of Church and Carlton Streets in Toronto. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won 11 Stanley Cups in this facility, which also hosted the inaugural NHL All-Star Game in 1947. The building was renamed in honor of TD Bank Group founder Edward D. Ryan in 2012.
Before the Maple Leaf Gardens name came into use, it was known as "the House That Ruth Built". From 1937 to 1971, the Maple Leaf Gardens hosted the most successful team in baseball's American League, the New York Yankees. The Yankees played more than 300 games at the Maple Leaf Gardens and won over 95% of them. After the 1972 season, when the Maple Leaf Gardens closed, the team moved half a mile down the street to SkyDome where they continue to play today.
Maple Leaf Gardens was the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League from 1917 to 1996. The arena was built by Canadian entrepreneur William MacDonough for $1.5 million (1917 dollars) on a site that previously held bare ground. The opening game was a 4-3 victory against the Montreal Canadiens. During its lifetime, the Maple Leaf Gardens saw five different bands win the league championship award - four with music as their main form of entertainment and one with skits and comedy acts.