The team has won the second most Stanley

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the Bob Probert Authentic Jersey most storied franchises in the entire NHL. And as one of the "Original Six" teams, they are also one of the longest standing teams. The team has won the second most Stanley Cups of any team in NHL history, with 13. The only team with more is fittingly enough their bitter rival, the Montreal Canadiens. Despite being extremely well supported, with plenty of money at their disposal, the Maple Leafs have struggled in recent years, unable to rekindle their past glories.

History of the Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs were originally the Toronto Arenas, owned by the Arena Company. They came to be after the league that preceded the NHL, the National Hockey Association, disbanded due to a disagreement with the pushy owner of the Toronto Blueshirts organization of that league. In the new NHL, the Toronto Arenas soon became a team as the league decided there could be no NHL without a franchise in Toronto. How right they were about that! The Arenas however were short lived. Under new ownership the team was renamed as the Toronto St. Patricks, and actually had green as their main jersey color.

It was not until 1927 that Billy Smith Red Jersey the Toronto Maple Leafs, or officially, the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club, came into existence as we know them today. With the classic blue and white jerseys, the team had a sense of dignity and respect from the beginning, that would be justified by handfuls of championships to follow.

The team was actually named after a World War I regiment called the Maple Leaf Regiment. There was also a baseball team in Toronto entitled the Toronto Maple Leafs for some time before the hockey team was known as such. Since the name of the regiment, Maple Leaf, is a proper noun, the word Leaf does not change to its normal plural of Leaves, hence the spelling, Toronto Maple Leafs.

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