Beyond The Benches

Darryl Sittler Helps Push New Leafs Jerseys

The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled a new logo for the 2016-17 season with the intention of rebuilding the organization for their centennial season. The 31-point Leaf is a tribute to what was worn by former team owner Conn Smythe and other soldiers during World War I.

“Smythe wanted his team to wear the badge with ‘honour, pride and courage,”‘ Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a release. “This is our goal for the next chapter in Leafs history. We are committed to restoring the Toronto Maple Leafs to a proud and prominent place and this classic logo will connect the team’s championship legacy with an exciting and proud future for our players, our city and for our fans.”

Leafs legend Darryl Sittler met with fans at Real Sports as the new uniforms were released to the public on Friday.

Sittler served as Captain for six out of his 12 professional seasons with the organization recording 916 points netting 389 goals. The center’s line included Lanny McDonald and Errol Thomspon who formed one of the highest scoring lines in Leaf’s history. In 1991 Sittler returned as an ambassador for the team as a Community Representative dealing with alumni relations and marketing.