Toronto Maple Leafs Logo

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The club from Toronto, which is playing ice hockey professionally, holds a record in terms of the times it has changed its name. Toronto Maple Leafs has stuck with it for many years, though. At the same time, one thing remained the same, which is the city they play for. Montreal Canadiens are their main opponents. Although it had won the Stanley cup over ten times, sadly the last time was back in 1967.

Meaning and History

Toronto Maple Leafs Logo history

The club started out as Toronto Arenas at the beginning of the 19th century. In 1919, it changed owners and became Toronto St. Patricks. Ten years after being founded, the club was bought by a horseman and renamed again to Maple Leafs. For many, this name remains a mystery: why not Leaves? It turns out that the Canadian maple leaf has nothing to do with how the club is called, but it actually honored the legendary Canadian division of Maple Leaf Regiment, glorified for its heroism in the World War. In 1940, Dick Irwin, a coach who brought the football players to the Stanley Cup finals 8 times in 10 seasons, was no longer coaching it. It was not long, though, before they added another Stanley Cup to their achievements.

What is Toronto Maple Leafs?

This team of ice hockey players with a history spanning over a century is well known in Toronto. It is included in the NFL’s Original Six, which shows how many victories and losses the team has.

1927 – 1928

Toronto Maple Leafs Logo 1927

A maple leaf, which was done in beautiful green color, served as a base. The step of the leaf was facing down. The name, which was written in three lines, was done in white uppercase letters across the whole leaf. The first word created a small arch, while the other two were written almost in a straight line. An interesting element was the split ends of the letters, which went great with an outer outline of the leaf.

1928 – 1938

Toronto Maple Leafs Logo 1928

The team has made just one change to the logo. It was the color of the leaf. A deep blue emblem was presented in 1928, and this color was used by the team for many years afterward.

1938 – 1963

Toronto Maple Leafs Logo 1938

The maple leaf has changed not only its shape but also acquired white veins. The two bottom leaf ends looked much shorter, which transformed it from a relatively round emblem to an emblem that had more of a vertical rectangle shape. It still stated the name in white uppercase letters, but the font had a very different style.

1963 – 1966, 1999 – 2011

Toronto Maple Leafs Logo 1963

The shade of blue used to color the leaf was now different. A more drastic change was an addition of a blue border that followed the outline of the leaf and was separated from it by a white line. This addition has looked like a continuation of the white veins that were added earlier. Otherwise, the logo has not been redrawn.

1966 – 1970, 2012 – 2017

Toronto Maple Leafs Logo 1966

The shape of the leaf has been redrawn again, so it had very minimal details. The leaf was just a solid blue icon of a very symmetrical leaf with pointy ends. The typeface has been changed too, but it was still a very simple, easy-to-read font with white, uppercase letters.

1970 – 1982

Toronto Maple Leafs Logo 1970

The new leaf design was even more minimalistic and had a lighter shade of blue. The letters got bolder and every single word was written in a straight line.

1982 – 2016

Toronto Maple Leafs Logo 1982

The color shade has been updated to a slightly darker one. The stem of the leaf got slightly thicker, while the rest of the leaf has not changed much. The wordmark has also stayed the same.

2016 – Today

Toronto Maple Leafs Logo

The team played with the leaf design introduced back in 1963, which it reused earlier as well. This time, they only preserved the white veins, removing the white outline. It was also a darker shade. The wordmark, though, stayed the same as it was back in those days.

Winter Classic

Toronto Maple Leafs Logo Winter

During the winter season, the team used a maple leaf it had originally, except it changed the color to deep blue to go along with the team colors it had for quite a long time. The wordmark was kept original.