The Leafs were founded in November 1917 as a last minute addition to the newly formed NHL. The team was originally just known as "Toronto" although they quickly became known as the "Arenas" after being sponsored by the Toronto Arena Company. The team went under new ownership in 1919 and the name was changed to the St. Patricks, in an effort to appeal to the city's large immigrant Irish community. In 1927, the team was sold again to businessman Conn Smythe who once again renamed the team; this time to the Maple Leafs.
It should be noted that the NHL, the Maple Leafs, and most of their fans consider these changes as simply name changes, meaning that it is the same franchise but just under a different name. This would be no different then when the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim changed their names to the Ducks.
The previous poster, who's answer I have removed, made an incorrect assumption of associating the Toronto Pro H.C. and the Toronto Blueshirts of the NHA to the current franchise. The Blueshirts folded (and arguably made the NHA fold with it) in 1917 and aren't considered part of Maple Leaf franchise history.
The Maple Leafs play in the Air Canada Centre.
The Toronto Maple leafs arena is the Air Canada Cantre,(ACC) in Downtown Toronto, ON. Not the Rogers centre, that is there the Blue Jays play, and they suck too.
The leafs are last in their division and conference. They are currently 14 points from the #8 spot (to qualify for a playoff spot)
Air Canada Centre
Air Canada Centre
With the way the Leafs are playing this year, I'm tempted to say the Toronto Marlies who are having a tremendous year in the AHL. However, as bad as they are this year it is still the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Toronto Maple Leafs ended a 8 year drought by making the playoffs in the 2013 season. They were eliminated in the first round in overtime of game 7 by the Boston Bruins.
They Toronto Maple Leafs first won the Stanley Cup as the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1932.The Toronto Hockey Club had also previously won the Stanley Cup in 1914, the Toronto Arenas won in 1918, and the Toronto St. Patricks won in 1922, all pre-cursors to the Maple Leaf franchise.
no they did not make it to the finals, however they made it to the play off.
Jamal Mayers 6' 1" 214 24 Oct 1974 34 Toronto, ON, CAN
The Toronto Maple Leafs were founded in 1917 as a charter member of the NHL, although the franchise was simply known as "Toronto" at the time. Today we refer to them as the Toronto Arenas, since they were owned and operated by the Toronto Arena Company. In 1919 the NHL transfered the team to new owners who named it the Toronto St. Patricks. In 1927 the team was sold to Conn Smythe, who renamed them the Maple Leafs.
They were a charter member of the NHL in 1917, competing without a nickname for the 1917-18 season. They became the Toronto Arenas in 1918 and the St. Pats in 1919 before being Purchased by Conn Smythe in 1927 and having their name changed to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Center George Armstrong spent his entire 21 year career with the Maple Leafs. He was the Captain of the team for 11 years which is a franchise record. He finished his career with 296 goals and 417 assists for 713 career points. Goalie Turk Broda spent his entire 14 year career with the Maple Leafs (1936-1952). Right Wing Ron Ellis spent his entire 16 year career with the Maple Leafs (1963-1981). Center Ted Kennedy spent his entire 14 year career with the Maple Leafs (1942-1957).
In 2004, when they made it to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals but lost. Since then, the Toronto Maple Leafs haven't made it to the play-offs.
1985-1994, 1995-1998 (after short stints with the Nordiques and Islanders), and then to retire in 1999-2000.