Maple Leafs Unveil Throwback Third Jersey For '11-12 Season
The Maple Leafs Friday unveiled their third jersey for the ’11-12 season. The blue sweater, similar to the ones worn from '67-70, will be worn 14 times during the regular season (Maple Leafs). The CP's Gregory Strong noted the jersey “has a white 11-point, wool-felt Maple Leaf crest on the front with white and blue stripes at the elbows and waist.” There is a “touch of white around the collar, vintage six-eyelet laces by the neck and no shoulder pads.” Hockey HOFer Darryl Sittler said, “I think that the message here to the current players is you’re linking the present to the past.” Images of the sweater “first surfaced on the Internet earlier this month." The Maple Leafs said that they "were disappointed the jersey was ‘unexpectedly revealed’” (CP, 9/24). The GLOBE & MAIL's James Mirtle wrote the uniform “was right up there with where the 2012 Winter Classic and entry draft are going to be held as the worst kept secrets in hockey.” Mirtle sarcastically wrote, “The good news is that the Leafs are likely set to make a bundle on these things, and what NHL team needs money more than Toronto?” (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/24).