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It would be called the Toronto Maple Leafs, because Toronto is more or less the pride of Canada, which in its flag has a huge red maple leaf on it. Just like the Washington Capitals the logo and team name is used to represent their respected countries.

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Hate to break it to the above poster but he's wrong. In 1927, Conn Smythe bought the Toronto St. Pats NHL team and quickly renamed them the Maple Leafs. The current Canadian flag was adopted in 1965.

The truth is nobody knows why they are actually called the Maple Leafs. Some speculate it was after a local minor league baseball team also called the Toronto Maple Leafs. The most common belief is that they were named after a World War 1 Battalion which Smythe was apart of although we probably will never know for sure.

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The team was named in 1927 and was named in honor of the Maple Leaf Regiment from World War I. As the regiment is a proper noun, its plural is formed by adding a simple 's' creating Maple Leafs (not Maple Leaves).

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The teams original name was Toronto Saint Patricks. Then the name changed to be more patriotic towards Canada.

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The standard plural of leaf is leaves, not leafs.

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Toronto.

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