George Armstrong: A Unifying Hero

George Armstrong: A Unifying Hero

George Armstrong, beloved former captain of the Maple Leafs, personified the complicated history of Canada. Being of Indigenous and Irish-Canadian descent, he grew up aware of two distinct realities. Armstrong was not subjected to the residential school system directly, but members of his family were were. "George saw the impact [his cousins] wo...
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Reverse Retro: What Could Have Been for the Leafs

Reverse Retro: What Could Have Been for the Leafs

Last Monday, the National Hockey League and its official uniform supplier, Adidas, released new third uniforms for all 31 active teams (the soon-to-be Seattle Kraken excluded), dubbing this set the "Reverse Retro" line. The idea was seemingly to take a popular or cult element from a franchise's past – be it a particular colour, logo, etc. – and ...
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Who Were They? The Toronto St. Pats

Who Were They? The Toronto St. Pats

Time for another journey back in time via our Who Were They? series. There's more hockey history on the docket (click the links for our Original Six and Class of '67 pieces), though this time we'll be looking at the history of an individual team, the Toronto St. Pats.  Think of hockey in Toronto and one thing comes to mind: the Maple Leafs and...
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Who Were They? The Original Six

Who Were They? The Original Six

It's a new year, which means it's time for a new blog series. And so, allow us to introduce Who Were They? a look back in time at some of the most important – yet less understood – terms, teams, and individuals of sporting history. First off is the National Hockey League's "Original Six." There is an unmistakeable mystique to the oldest franchi...
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The Songs of Sport

The Songs of Sport

When out at a sporting event, there's certain songs you're bound to hear blasting from the jumbotron. "We Will Rock You," "Jump Around," and "YMCA" are major ones. The probing beat of The White Stripe's "Seven Nation Army" has been adopted by teams and their fanbases across the globe. Queen actually has two stadium hits, as what would a title w...
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The Last Good Spring

The Last Good Spring

It's officially playoff time for the NHL. The lone Original Six match-up this year is Maple Leafs vs. Bruins, and thus far it's been an all black-and-yellow affair. The Bruins won the first two games handedly, 5-1 and then 7-3. The series now shifts from Boston to Toronto and the Leafs will hope for some home-ice magic.  You never know how thi...
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