In 1919, Livingstone won a $20,000 judgement against the Arena Company, which promptly declared bankruptcy to avoid paying. The Toronto NHL franchise was put up for sale and Querrie put together a group that mainly consisted of the people who had run the senior amateur St. Patricks team in the Ontario Hockey Association the previous year.
The new owners renamed the team the Toronto St. Patricks (or St. Pats for short). Among the officers of the St. Patrick’s Professional Hockey Club Ltd. at the start of the 1919 – 1920 season were president Fred Hambly, vice-president Paul Ciceri, secretary-treasurer Harvey Sproule, Charlie Querrie, and player-coach Frank Heffernan. The jersey color was changed from blue to green.
The 1921 – 1922 NHL season led to the St. Pat’s only Stanley Cup win. The team finished second to the Ottawa Senators, but caught fire in the playoffs. The St. Pats defeated the Senators in a two-game total goals series 5–4. The team then traveled to Vancouver to take on the Millionaires, winning the series 3–2 and the Cup. The team was led by Babe Dye who scored 11 goals in the 7 playoff games, and John Ross Roach who had two shutouts.
The 1922 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the National Hockey League (NHL) champion Toronto St. Pats and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champion Vancouver Millionaires. The St. Pats defeated Vancouver three games to two in the best-of-five game series to win their only Stanley Cup as the St. Pats. All games were held at Arena Gardens in Toronto.
In 1919, the NHL transferred the franchise to new owners who christened the team the Toronto St. Patricks. The franchise was sold in 1927 and was renamed the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club. The team colors are navy blue and white.
1917 – Present / National Hockey League
1927 – Present / Toronto Maple Leafs
1919 – 1927 / Toronto St. Patricks
1917 – 1919 / Toronto Arenas
St. Patricks – Rescued from bankruptcy Toronto’s professional hockey team is renamed the St. Patricks (or St. Pats for short) in honor of Toronto’s growing irish population. The new nickname gave the Toronto team a fresh start as well as a new image as they changed their colors to green and white.
Stanley Cups 1
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
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