Toronto Maple Leafs Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Toronto Maple Leafs open up their regular season on Wednesday October 8th at home against their arch-rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs, like all NHL teams, play a 82- game schedule, which consists of 41 games played at home, and 41 games played on the road. Coincidentally, they end their regular season at home on Saturday April 11th, against the Montreal Canadiens as well. Toronto plays in the Northeast Division, and play those teams four times each: the most against any other division/team. Teams in the Northeast are the aforementioned Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators. Toronto plays their home games on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights, with no games on the entire schedule being played in the afternoon. Toronto's longest home stand consists of four games in a row (happens twice this year), while their longest stretch away from home is seven (December 21st - January 3rd).
Toronto Maple Leafs Roster
Toronto, like all NHL teams, dress 12 forwards, six defenceman and two goalies for each game. Their forward lines haven't been set yet, but will likely consist of: Joffrey Lupul/Phil Kessel/James Van Riemsdyk on the first line; Nazeem Kadri/David Clarkson/Matt Frattin on the second line; Tyler Bozak/Troy Bodie/Leo Komarov on the third line; Trevor Smith/Colton Orr/Josh Leivo on the fourth. Their defensive pairings will be Dion Phaneuf/Jake Gardiner; Morgan Rielly/Cody Franson; Stuart Percy/Roman Polak. And their two goaltenders will be Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer, with their starting goaltender "most nights" being Bernier. Toronto's first round-draft pick last year Michael Nylander (who plays center), likely won't start with the Maple Leafs, but don't be surprised if you see him at some point this year in their starting roster. He'll likely start the season with Toronto's AHL team, the Toronto Marlies.
Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Experience
Toronto plays their home games at the Air Canada Centre, which is located at 40 Bay Street, Toronto. The Air Canada Centre (or ACC), opened on February 20th, 1999, taking over from the Maple Leafs old stadium, Maple Leaf Gardens. The ACC sits approximately 18,819 fans for Maple Leafs games, but the stadium also has the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Rock (Lacrosse) as tenants. In addition, the ACC sees a number of concerts and trade shows at its venue each year. The Air Canada Centre is owned by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment - which also owns the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors.
Toronto Maple Leafs Trivia
Todd Warriner scored the first ever goal at the Air Canada Centre, while Bob Probert scored the last at Maple Leaf Gardens. Doug Gilmour is the only Maple Leaf to win the Selke Trophy in the 20th Century, and the team currently has 36 players inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Toronto Maple Leafs History
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the second most Stanley Cups in NHL history (13) behind the Montreal Canadiens. Their last Cup was won in 1967. Their 47-year drought is the longest in the league. The franchise is currently valued at $1.15 billion dollars, making them the richest team in the NHL. The team originally came into the National Hockey League in 1917, and were known as the Toronto St. Patrick's. They kept this nickname until 1927, when their new owner, Conn Smythe, renamed them "the Maple Leafs." In 1931, he moved the team into Maple Leaf Gardens - which would be their home up until the Air Canada Centre opened in 1999. The team's current captain is Dion Phaneuf, while others who have held that distinction have been Ted Kennedy, Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, George Armstrong, Mats Sundin and Dave Keon. Their all-time leading scorer is Mats Sundin, and the team has retired two numbers permanently: #5 for Bill Barilko, and #6 for Ace Bailey.
Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Info
Toronto Maple Leaf fans are known affectionaly as "Leafs Nation." The teams 47-year drought hasn't stopped the fanbase loyalty at all. Practically all Leaf games are sold out, and audience ratings on television sees the team at the highest viewership in the league. The Hockey Hall of Fame is located just down the road from the Air Canada Centre, and the league specifically did this due to the popularity of the team (and of course, the population of the city of Toronto). Leaf paraphanalia is seen throughout the city of Toronto, during all months of the year.