The Toronto Maple Leafs released their Centennial Classic uniform saying it “celebrates the history of the team while giving a symbolic nod to the next century of Maple Leafs hockey.”
This is Toronto’s first outdoor game jersey since the team played the Detroit Red Wings at the 2014 Winter Classic in Ann Arbor. The Centennial Classic will be played at BMO Field in Toronto on January 1 between Toronto and Detroit. The Red Wings also released their jersey Monday.
“Several elements of the uniform pay homage to the team’s past. The words ‘Honour, Pride and Courage’ stitched into the back of the neck of the sweater, similar to the team’s new sweaters, are taken from a famous Conn Smythe quote and represents the values the franchise strives to represent,” the team said in a release about the uniform. “The horizontal singular band of white across the body of the sweater is reminiscent of the Toronto St. Pats sweater worn from 1922 to 1925, and as a tribute to the franchise’s origin, the pants are adorned with a white Toronto Arenas “T.”
Here is a short video that shows a few more elements of the jersey.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 21, 2016
Here is another angle of the jersey.
“The NHL Centennial Classic will be a special moment in our year-long celebration of 100 years of Maple Leafs hockey and this new sweater offers a signature look for the occasion, combining important elements of our club’s past, but also our present and future as it features the new Maple Leaf crest,” said Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. “We look forward to this event being a memorable day for both our fans and our team and this unique sweater will be an important part of those memories.”
For a frame of reference on past Toronto outdoor game outfits, here is how the Maple Leafs’ Winter Classic jersey from 2014 looked at Michigan Stadium.
So what do you think?
PASS OR FAIL: Toronto Maple Leafs 2017 Centennial Classic jerseys.
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