March 30, 2010
Leafs to redesign their sweaters
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
The Maple Leafs will be sporting a new-old look on the ice during the next couple of years, with a slightly altered version of their current sweater for 2010-11 and a new classic third jersey in the works for 2011-12.
Icethetics, a site dedicated to news about National Hockey League fashion, listed the Leafs among 11 teams making changes to their sweaters during the coming year. There is speculation the Leafs will go back to stripes at the base of the sweater and restore some form of the shoulder patch that disappeared a couple of years ago.
Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and COO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., would not comment on changes for next season, but confirmed the third jersey is on the way the year after.
“The 1963 jersey has been in use for a number of years,” Anselmi said. “The great thing with historic third jerseys is they never become obsolete, even if the team stops wearing them for a while. We are looking at going to another ‘historic’ third.”
Starting in 1992-93, afer two decades of mostly disappointing results with the so-called Harold Ballard logo, the Leafs began interspersing it with the version most older fans identified with during the first three of their four1960s Stanley Cups. They kept the classic Leaf on the shoulder and later gave it a TML touchup, before dropping it recently.
Icethetics says home, road and third jersey changes are coming for teams such as Buffalo, about to celebrate its 40th season, Anaheim, Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Nashville, New York Islanders, Rangers, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh — in the Pens’ case for their new arena in 2010-11.