Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) reacts after scoring the first goal of the game during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, in Toronto on Saturday, March 18, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via ...and more »
Following last nightâ€™s St. Patrickâ€™s Day celebrations in Toronto, the Maple Leafs kept the festive spiritÂ going Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.Sporting their retro St.PatsÂ jerseys for theÂ first time in 15 years, the Leafs continued their centennial celebration by honoring the franchiseâ€™s St. Patricks era. Named after the Toronto St. Patrickâ€™s Ontario Hockey Association team in 1919, the team was known as the St. Pats until Conn Smythe purchased the teamÂ and renamed themÂ the Maple Leafs in 1927.[Follow Puck Daddy on social media:Â TwitterÂ |Â InstagramÂ |Â FacebookÂ |Â Tumblr]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.View photosMats Sundin sports the St. Pats look with the Leafs in a 2002 game against Buffalo. (Frank Gunn/CP)[Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest now]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.Â And with Carlton the Bear getting in on the action, the St. Patrickâ€™s Day spirit appears to be alive and well north of the border.
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