The Maple Leaf, to us, was the badge of courage, the badge that meant home. It was the badge that reminded us of all our exploits and the different difficulties we got into, and the different accomplishments that we made.
It was a badge that meant more to us than any other badge that we could think of, so we chose it, hoping that the possession of this badge would mean something to the team that wore it, and when they skated out on the ice with this badge on their chest, they would wear it with honour and pride and courage, the way it had been worn by the soldiers of the first Great War in the Canadian Army.
the nhl and the maple leafs will celebrate 100 years in 2017, but montreal had a 100 years patch a few years ago. how is this possible?
The simple and maybe obvious answer here is that the Montreal Canadiens predate the NHL as a whole. The Habs were established in 1909 and are the oldest hockey franchise in the world. It was originally a part of the NHA (National Hockey Association). They were part of the NHA with some notable teams like the Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and the Toronto Blue Shirts.
The NHL was formed when the owner of the Blueshirts was basically a dick and everyone decided to make a new club to get away from him. That was the NHL. only cool kids allow. The literal quote from wikipedia is “on November 26 they created a new league, the National Hockey League (NHL), and didn’t invite Livingstone to join them.” welcome to middle school.
The club that would become the maple leafs were granted a temporary franchise because the Bulldogs failed financially. The Toronto Arena Company took the team and turned them into the toronto st pats and then the Toronto Maple Leafs. this was 1917
As we all know the original six only include two canadian teams, the Leafs and the Habs. But the original NHL did not have any american teams. So it took a few years for the league to really establish itself as a stable one. The league though was started by the Montreal Canadiens owner and…int urn so were the Leafs. The LEafs were founded the same year the league was (duh) but the Montreal Canadiens was the reason that happened in th efirst place.
The Boston Bruins were the first American Team in 1924 and were followed by the Hawks, Red Wings and Rangers (in no particular order). The NHL established itself between the 1942 season to the 1967 season. Which is where these teams became the original six. Every other team folded and they were the only ones around for those 25 years before the first expansion.
So it’s complicated but I guess a way to see it is that, even though it seems wrong, the Montreal Canadiens is the parent to the NHL not vice versa. So basically, because the Habs were petty af, we have the NHL.
The trophy awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup playoffs since the 1964-1965 season is named after Constantine Falkland Cary Smythe. He is the man responsible for the name of the Toronto Maple Leafs (who used to be called the Toronto St. Pats in honor of their previous Irish owners), name he gave to the team in honor of the artillery battery for which he served during WWI. During his time in Europe, he spent 14 months as a German POW. His real hockey career began in 1926, when he was hired by the New York Rangers as a manager and a team builder before joining T.O, where he would go on to work as a a coach, a general manager and eventually, the owner. He was known for his bad temper and was often compared to ‘a small dictator’ for he did not hesitate to chase players off the ice and get into verbal fights with other coaches, players or even fans. He is famous for his quote ’If you can’t beat 'em in the alley, you can’t beat 'em on the ice’. His name appears on the Stanley Cup 8 times, as the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs.