Toronto Maple Leafs is the most widely used franchise of NHL. One of the "Original Hat" teams is also one of the longest teams. The team won the team's second-largest Stanley Cup in the 13th NHL history. The only team that is pretty good for their bitter rivals, Montreal Canadiens. Despite the fact that they are extremely well supported and have a lot of money, Maple Leafs has struggled over the past few years and could not restart its past glory.
Maple Leaf History
Toronto Maple Leafs was originally the Toronto Arenas, owned by the Arena Company. NHL, after the National Ice Hockey Federation, came down after having disagreed with the Toronto's blueshirts obsession with the tournament. In the new NHL, Toronto Arenas soon became a team, as the championship decided that there was no NHL franchise in Toronto. How good were these things? The arenas, however, were short-lived. Under new ownership, the team was renamed as St. Patricks, Toronto, and were actually green.
Toronto Maple Leafs or officially the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club not only came in 1927 as we know it today. From the classical blue and white jersey, he appreciated the dignity and respect of the team since the beginning, followed by some championship titles.
The team was actually named after the 1st World War regiment, the Maple Leaf Regiment. In Toronto Maple Leafs there was also a baseball team in Toronto before the hockey team was such. Since the name of the regiment is Maple Leaf, a proper name, the Leaf word does not change to normal multiple letters, hence the spelling of Toronto Maple Leafs.
Maple Leafs are recalled, people usually refer to the 1940s when the Leafs won five Stanley Cups. The team won four in the 1960s, marking a decade, where their Montreal Canadiens championships won four league titles. The last of these titles and the last Stanley Cup won by Maple Leafs in 1967 came to figure out who hated Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens liked to win the Stanley Cup that year, but Leafs pulled it out, including the double overtime classic of all time in the third game. In the 1960s, the three other championships were won in 1962-1964.
All of these tournaments, the other in the 1930s and 1950s, was another while the team played in the past home of Maple Leaf Gardens. By 1931, the gardens were staggering to the team until 1999, when the team moved to the Air Canada Center. The new arena has all the conveniences of a modern arena and has designed a multipurpose sports and entertainment complex. But, of course, there is a lack of classic aura of nostalgia and prestige made by Maple Leaf Gardens.
The Air Canada Center is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., a group that not only Maple Leafs but Toronto's NBA robberies. In fact, the Air Canada Center was originally designed for basketball purposes until MLSE bought both Raptor and the new stadium, Leafs looking for a new home.
NHL's Most Popular Team  Toronto Maple Leafs has a very wide and far-reaching fan base, lovingly named Leafs Nation. This is the most valuable NHL franchise for them, estimated at nearly half a billion dollars. Maple Leafs is NHL's most desperate team, just like New York Yankees is the most favorite and most hated team in Major League Baseball. Between 1946 and 1999, in the Maple Leaf Gardens arena, the team sold all home games, a truly wonderful game.
This big and committed fan base, however, has been pushing to gain Maple Leafs. The team is extremely long in drought when preparing for the Stanley Cup. It looked like it was in the early 1990s that Maple Leafs finally broke out again. The star, like the franchisee, Mats Sundin, Doug Gilmour, Dave Andreychuk and goalkeeper Felix Potvin led the team, but not quite. During the first few years of the 2000s, the team played a number of playoffs, but it was always short.
This meant that the team did not bring back the long service captain and fan favorite Mats Sundin. The team has now decided to concentrate on the youth movement with fresh faces and good behavior, with a tough nose and focused play. The Maple Leafs coach is now Ron Wilson, one of the most respected coaches in NHL. Wilson is hoping that discipline and renewed success will be fulfilled with a long-suffering fan base who dreams about the glory of decades past. Wilson is also a former actor of Leafs, which the team made in 1975 and has played nearly three seasons in the club.
Recently, Leafs hired Brian Burke as his new CEO and club president. Burke was introduced to replace temporary GM Cliff Fletcher replacing John Ferguson Jr. for Maple Leafs GM. Originally they expected Fletcher to stay GM until the end of the 2008-2009 season. Burke resigned from GM with the Anaheim ducks, where he won the Stanley Cup Championship for the 2006-2007 season just a few weeks before taking his position with Leafs.
Burke spent three seasons on the duck. From that point on, Burke was the GM of Vancouver Canucks and worked under the headquarters of the NHL. Prior to these positions, Burke spent a season as manager of the old Hartford Whalers, and for five years at Patu Quinn, director of hockey at Canucks. Currently, the United States men's hockey team at GM at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where else is in Vancouver.
Just as the chances of the GM were quick, Burke did not waste the time to move as soon as he gained his position. Just one week after he rented Dave Nonis, Director of Hockey Operations. This is the time the two of them spent with Canucks. The two worked together for six years, while Nonis replaced Burke in 2004 with GM.
The future is not yet visible for the proud Maple Leafs franchise. The team has to bring back the fans' base, which is out of the climax, due to the perceived ill-treatment and lack of success. This passion is still there forever, and fans hope that the new coach and CEO will show the players as well.