Happy First Official Toronto Maple Leafs Day! December 19 2017
100 years ago today, on December 19 1917, our beloved home team played their first game in history. To commemorate the memory of that day, Toronto mayor John Tory has proclaimed December 19 official Toronto Maple Leafs day!
We wanted to pay tribute, by creating these new special Maple Leafs buttons.
This wasn't just the first game ever for Toronto Arenas, as the team was named back then, (the name Maple Leafs wasn't taken until 1927), it was also the first game in NHL history. Unfortunately, our team lost this first historic match to the Wanderers by 10-9.
To celebrate this joyous day, there will be a special Next Century Game this afternoon. At 2 pm the team will face the Carolina Hurricanes, wearing throwback Toronto Arena jerseys.
The club is hoping to fill Air Canada Centre with thousands and thousands of children, to nourish and encourage a new generation of Leafs fans.
But 2017 doesn't just mark Maple Leafs' 100 years in NHL, it also marks 50 years without winning a championship. The team has not won the Stanley Cup since 1967, which is the current longest drought in the NHL.
Fortunately for the club, they have some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the NHL. No matter how many times the team loses or how expensive the tickets are, people keep coming to the games.
So these buttons are for all you devoted Maple Leafs fans, who never stop Beleafin' that this, this will be the season it all will happen.