Following last night’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Toronto, the Maple Leafs kept the festive spirit going Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sporting their retro St.Pats jerseys for the first time in 15 years, the Leafs continued their centennial celebration by honoring the franchise’s St. Patricks era. Named after the Toronto St. Patrick’s Ontario Hockey Association team in 1919, the team was known as the St. Pats until Conn Smythe purchased the team and renamed them the Maple Leafs in 1927.
The St. Pats won a Stanley Cup in 1921-22, and they did so wearing the very same green and white jerseys the Leafs were rocking on Saturday night. in 1925 the St. Pats switched to that infamous green and brown look, the one Mats Sundin and the boys sported back in 2002.
With sharp green pants and gloves to compliment the simple stripe on the white jerseys, the green and whites are definitely a much cleaner look. And with Carlton the Bear getting in on the action, the St. Patrick’s Day spirit appears to be alive and well north of the border.