Leafs officially the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The club owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. and represented by Chairman Larry Tanenbaum. Some fascinating facts about the Toronto Maple Leafs are listed below.
- One of the original Hockey teams in the National Hockey League. Leafs won two Stanley Cups in the NHL’s first five years
- In 1977, the NHL passed a rule that officially required teams to stitch the names of players on their jersey alongside their number.
- Ballard fulfilled his club’s obligations by stitching blue names onto the blue road jerseys and white names onto the white home jerseys.
- Team star Darryl Sittler got a little too involved with the league’s player’s union, Imlach took exception and opted to make his life hell.
- Leafs have ranked dead last in three of the past four years.
- Darryl Sittler took a trainer’s scissors and cut the “C,” a revered symbol of leadership in the hockey world, off of his jersey. In a letter of resignation, he said he could no longer lead the team amidst the present environment.
- Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and at 2.6 million residents, it is the 5th most populous city in North America.
- Team Remain One Of The Wealthiest Teams Despite Lack Of Winning Culture.
- Leafs fans live and die with their team, and their abundance can be annoying at times, especially when they are taking over the BB&T Center at Panthers’ home games. The fact that they rank a stiff 12 out of 10 on the hockey fan measure.
- Leafs Haven’t Won A Stanley Cup Since 1967.
The Maple Leafs history coincides with the formation of the NHL, and it can all traced back to the “man responsible for the formation of the NHL” Eddie Livingstone. Before there was the NHL, there was the National Hockey Association (NHA), and Eddie Livingstone was the owner of the Toronto Blueshirts. The other NHA owners so despised Livingstone that they broke off and formed the NHL without him.
The break was supposed to be temporary, so hockey could continue to be played while the NHA owners negotiated with Livingstone whatever it was they arranged back then. When it was clear that Livingstone was not going to move from whatever his position was, the NHL owners who still held the majority in the NHA voted to permanently shut the NHA down and move forward with their new league.