Toronto Arenas Team FormationBy the fall of 1917, a dispute between Eddie Livingstone, owner of the Blueshirts, and the owners of the NHA’s other four clubs the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, and Quebec Bulldogs had come to a boil. The other NHA owners were eager to disassociate themselves from Livingstone but discovered that the NHA’s constitution didn’t allow them to simply ...
Stanley Cup Winner 1918The 1918 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the National Hockey League (NHL) champion Toronto and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champion Vancouver Millionaires. In a series held entirely in Toronto, the Toronto team won the series by three games to two in the best-of-five game series to win the Stanley Cup. It was the first series contested by ...
History of the Arenas
The Toronto Arenas hockey team has a long and storied history in the National Hockey League. Established in 1917, they were one of the original six teams to make up the NHL when it was founded. The Arenas played their first game against Montreal Wanderers on December 19th, 1917, and won 10-9! As an active franchise, they have been known by several names, including Toronto St. Patricks (1919-27) and Maple Leafs (1927-present).
During this period, the team had some impressive accomplishments, including winning four Stanley Cups between 1918–21 under coach Dick Carroll—the most successful coach at that point for any NHL club—and becoming one of only two teams to play all seven games during a Cup series without losing once; with goalie Hap Holmes leading them from victory to victory. They also set numerous records, such as having five players score more than 20 goals each during the 1922–23 season, which is still unmatched today!
Today’s version of the Maple Leafs continues what generations before started over 100 years ago: striving for excellence on and off the ice while proudly representing Canada’s largest city throughout North America's premier professional hockey league. Since joining forces with the MLSE ownership group in 1999, there have been many successes, such as making playoffs 15 out of 17 seasons since then, along with adding star players like Auston Matthews, who helped lead them back into contention after missing out post-season play 6 straight years prior his arrival. With a continued commitment towards building competitive rosters year-round through shrewd drafting/signings & astute trades, it looks like bright days are ahead for this historic franchise moving forward into future decades!
1917 – Present / National Hockey League
1927 – Present / Toronto Maple Leafs
1919 – 1927 / Toronto St. Patricks
1917 – 1919 / Toronto Arenas
Arenas – The Toronto Arenas are among the oldest hockey teams in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was initially founded in 1917 as part of the original NHL. Although they have undergone several name changes over their long history, their nickname has always remained “the Arenas.” But why?
The story behind this iconic nickname begins with Eddie Livingstone, who owned and operated Arena Gardens at Mutual Street and Shuter Street in downtown Toronto from 1912 to 1931. It was here that professional hockey first made its home when Livingstone formed his pro league known as the National Hockey Association (NHA) – a precursor to today's NHL – which included teams such as the Montreal Canadiens, Quebec Bulldogs, Ottawa Senators, and more. For these new NHA franchises to play each other regularly, they needed arenas; thus, it is no surprise that Arena Gardens became a hub for early professional ice hockey games during this period - making it only natural that people began referring to Livingstone's team simply by what everyone already knew them best: "the Arenas."
When six NHA clubs joined forces with two other independent clubs from western Canada into what would become known today as "the Original Six" era of modern-day NHL beginning in 1926–27 season, Eddie Livingston's club officially adopted its current moniker - becoming always known simply by their former unofficial title: The Toronto Arenas!
So there you have it, sports fans! Next time you hear someone refer to or cheer about “Go Leafs Go,” remember where those famous words came from…it all started back at old Arena Gardens way back when!
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1967, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1951, 1949, 1948, 1947, 1945, 1942, 1932, 1922, 1918
2019 - Present / Scotiabank Arena
1999 – 2918 / Air Canada Centre
1932 – 1999 / Maple Leaf Gardens
1917 – 1931 / Mutual Street Arena
1998 – Present / Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
1996 – 1998 / Steve Stavro and Larry Tanenbaum
1991 – 1996 / Steve Stavro
1990 – 1991 / Estate of Harold Ballard
1972 – 1990 / Harold Ballard
1970 – 1972 / Stafford Smythe and Harold Ballard
1961 – 1970 / Stafford Smythe, Harold Ballard, and John Bassett
1927 – 1961 / Conn Smythe
1919 – 1927 / Charles Querrie
1917 – 1919 / Toronto Arena Company
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
1 / Johnny Bower
1 / Turk Broda
4 / Red Kelly
4 / Hap Day
5 / Bill Barilko
6 / Ace Bailey
7 / Tim Horton
7 / King Clancy
9 / Charlie Conacher
9 / Ted Kennedy
10 / Syl Apps
10 / George Armstrong
13 / Mats Sundin
14 / Dave Keon
17 / Wendel Clark
21 / Borje Salming
27 / Frank Mahovlich
27 / Darryl Sittler
93 / Doug Gilmour
99 / Wayne Gretzky
*Blue is this team’s history