In this article you will discover 19 interesting and fascinating facts about the Toronto Maple Leafs. They really don’t need any introduction because every single hockey fan on Earth knows who they are, but The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional sports hockey team that plays in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team is based in Toronto – the largest city in Canada. The team is famous for having won 13 Stanley cup trophies and for having a very strong fanbase. Come “hell or highwater”, the Maple Leafs fans always support their team.
These are the most up to date facts about the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1. The Toronto Maple Leafs were founded in 1917, and are one of the National Hockey League’s founding members – a member of the “Original Six”.
2. Back then, the team was known as the “Toronto Arenas” before taking on the name of St. Patricks in 1919.
3. The team was renamed the Maple Leafs under new ownership (Conn Smythe) in 1927. The team was valued at $200,000.
4. The Leafs won their first NHL Stanley Cup in the 1941–42 season.
5. The Toronto Maples Leafs have not won an NHL Stanly Cup since 1967 – a very long time.
6. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won 13 Stanley Cup championships.
7. Today, the team is owned by Maples Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE).
8. The Leafs play at the Scotiabank arena, and share the same arena with the Toronto Raptors – an NBA team also owned by Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment.
9. The team played at the Maple Leafs Gardens from 1931–1999. The Maple Leafs Garden today is a national historic site of Canada.
10. The team competes in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
11. The team colours are blue and white.
12. To date, the team has retired 13 jersey numbers in order to honour the 19 players who wore them. The Leafs were the first team in professional sports to retire a jersey.
13. The Toronto Maples Leafs are affiliated with 2 teams from the minor leagues where they send their guys to train and get better: The Toronto Marlies (American Hockey League) and the Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL.
14. The Toronto Maple Leafs are worth an estimated 1.5 billion dollars.
15. Despite not winning a Stanley Cup in decades, the Leafs are one of the most successful franchises in all of professional sports. Most games are sold out and television viewership is consistently high.
16. Maple Leafs home games are expensive. Tickets are the highest amongst any team in the National Hockey League.
17. The teams all time scoring leader is Mats Sundin (420 goals, 567 assits for 987 points in 981 games played).
18. The team’s oldest rivalry is the Montreal Canadiens – since 1917.
19. Canadian radio broadcaster Foster Hewitt was the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first radio play-by-play announcer (1927-1968). Mr. Foster is a recipient of the Order of Canada award.