Leafs announce plans for Centennial Season

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It’s been a fun hundred years of being richer and cooler than all and better than most. The Toronto Maple Leafs are celebrating their centennial in this upcoming 16/17 season, and today, the team made some announcements as to what the year will entail.

Here are the key points:

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs will have their own centennial exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. “This exhibit will highlight and celebrate the blue and white jersey over the past 100 years”, said Ron Ellis, himself a former Leaf and the Director of Public Affairs at the hall.


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  • The Leafs will be updating the banners in the rafters this season. Given that the present banners use the letter and number font of the Ballard Era, this isn’t a massive shock, though it’ll be interesting to see whether anybody else joins them this season.
  • Oh, and here’s the incredibly simple, bevelled and glossed up for some reason centennial logo. The flat version shown on the screen, honestly, was nicer.
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Overall, it doesn’t look like a ton was announced, though more could still come out by the end of the day. it looks like it’s going to be a very fun year for a historic franchise. Though, I’d appreciate some of these ideas also sneaking their way in, in my own biased opinion. How do you feel about today’s announcements?

  • Jeremy Ian

    Jeff:

    I thought the idea of decade-theme nights was clever of you. Here is one of your suggestions from the piece from the other day that would be worth airing (though I doubt the team makes Stamkos go crimson, though it should…):

    “2. On that note, the Leafs should definitely make December 29th their 1990s night. Purely out of sodium and spite to their unsuccessful free agency pitch. Watching Steven Stamkos’ face when the 1993 and 1994 teams (including his childhood idol, Wendel Clark) get standing ovations from a crowd despite not going as far as he went with the Lightning in 2014/15 would be hilarious.

    …too soon, too bitter? Anyway.”