Have you ever wondered the history behind the name of your favorite team? Take the Toronto Maple Leafs for example:
“When Conn Smythe purchased the Toronto club in 1927, he set about renaming the team. Originally, the franchise began play as the Arenas in 1917 as they were owned by the Arena Company and played in the Arena Gardens. The club then changed to the St. Patricks in 1919 to attract Toronto’s Irish population. Smythe eventually decided on Maple Leafs, but the specific reason why is uncertain. Smythe fought in the Maple Leaf Regiment during World War I, and there was a former Toronto hockey team called the East Maple Leaves. Another version perpetuated by Smythe’s grandson states that Conn named the team after the Maple Leaf insignia he had worn during the First World War.”
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