- 1932 - 1942
- 1945 - 1947
- 1948 - 1949
- 1962 -1963
- 1964 - 1967
Maple Leafs BornQuerrie lost a lawsuit to Livingstone and decided to put the St. Pats up for sale. He gave serious consideration to a $200,000 bid from a Philadelphia group. However, Toronto Varsity Graduates coach Conn Smythe put together an ownership group of his own and made a $160,000 offer for the franchise. With the support of St. Pats shareholder J. P. ...
Stanley Cup Winner 1932 – 1942Stanley Cup – 1942 The 1942 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. After losing the first three games, the Maple Leafs won the next four to win the series 4–3, winning their fourth Stanley Cup. It was the first Cup Final in history to go seven. Stanley Cup – ...
Stanley Cup Winner 1945 – 1947Stanley Cup – 1947 The 1947 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs would win the series four games to two. This was the first all-Canadian finals in 12 years. Stanley Cup – 1945 The 1945 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Detroit ...
Stanley Cup Winner 1948 – 1949Stanley Cup – 1949 The 1949 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs, the second straight final series between Detroit and Toronto. The Maple Leafs won the series in four straight games to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup and eighth in the history of the franchise. Stanley ...
Stanley Cup Winner 1951The 1951 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs would win the series 4–1, with all five games going into overtime. It was the Toronto franchise’s ninth Stanley Cup win and the last in a series of six wins starting in 1942. It was the first appearance ...
Stanley Cup Winner 1962 – 1963Stanley Cup – 1963 The 1963 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. The Maple Leafs would win the best-of-seven series four games to one to win the Stanley Cup, their second straight NHL championship. Stanley Cup – 1962 The 1962 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the defending champion ...
Stanley Cup Winner 1964 – 1967Stanley Cup – 1967 The 1967 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series played between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs would win the series four games to two to win their thirteenth Stanley Cup. As of 2015, this is Toronto’s most recent Stanley Cup championship, most recent appearance in the championship final, and with ...
History of the Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most iconic hockey teams in the NHL. They have been a part of history since their inception in 1917 and have become one of the most successful franchises, having won 13 Stanley Cups over their long career. The team has had its share of ups and downs throughout its history, but they remain an essential part of Canadian culture, and sports fans worldwide still rally behind them every season.
The Maple Leafs were founded by Conn Smythe when he purchased an existing team called The Arenas for CAD 500,000 in 1927. During his tenure as owner/manager from 1927-1961, he helped turn them into a powerhouse organization that led to winning 11 Stanley Cups championships between 1932-1967 under his leadership – making him one of hockey’s most extraordinary executives ever! He was also responsible for bringing some great players such as Turk Broda, Syl Apps Sr., Ted Kennedy, George Armstrong & Frank Mahovlich, who all played significant roles during this era which saw Toronto win five consecutive championships from 1962–67 – a feat no other NHL franchise has accomplished before or since then!
However, things haven't been going so well in recent years, with only four playoff appearances made out of the last 15 seasons (including two first-round exits). This lackluster performance is attributed mainly to poor management decisions, such as trading away key players like Phil Kessel & Dion Phaneuf while signing expensive contracts with subpar results (i.e., David Clarkson's 7-year/$36 million dollar deal). But despite these missteps, there is still hope among many Leaf fans that new President Brendan Shanahan can help bring back glory days once again through smart personnel moves coupled with proper development strategies within their minor league affiliates like the Marlies AHL club, which should yield better results sooner rather than later!
1917 – Present / National Hockey League
1927 – Present / Toronto Maple Leafs
1919 – 1927 / Toronto St. Patricks
1917 – 1919 / Toronto Arenas
Maple Leafs – The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most beloved teams in hockey, and their nickname has a long history. The team was founded as the Toronto Arenas in 1917 but changed its name to the Maple Leafs two years later. But where did this unique moniker come from?
It turns out that there is an interesting story behind it all! It began with Conn Smythe, who became manager of the team shortly after they were formed. He wanted to create a strong identity for his franchise and felt that using something related to Canada’s national symbol ––the maple leaf––would be perfect.
At first, he considered calling them "Maple Leaves." Eventually, he settled on "Maple Leafs" because he thought it sounded more exciting and had more impact when spoken aloud during games or announced over radio broadcasts (which were popular then). The new name quickly caught on with fans across Canada, who embraced it enthusiastically!
Today, nearly 100 years later, “Leafs Nation” is still going strong—and so too is their iconic nickname which continues to represent Canadian pride both inside and outside of hockey arenas around North America each season when our beloved blue-and-white takes center stage in pursuit of Lord Stanley's Cup!
Stanley Cups 11
1967, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1951, 1949, 1948, 1947, 1945, 1942, 1932, 1922, 1918
2019 - Present / Scotiabank Arena
1999 – 2018 / 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