One week from today the Toronto Maple Leafs will be unveiling their new home and road uniforms, their first *major* uniform re-design in over 20 years.
As they introduce their first pick in the 2016 NHL Draft on Friday, June 24th the team will also be unveiling their new sweaters, according to a reliable source. When the pick (widely speculated to be super prospect Auston Matthews) puts on the jersey the world will then get their first glimpse of the future look of the club… in more ways than one. Assuming nothing leaks before then, it’ll be no sooner than that.
The Leafs will not be sporting an alternate uniform for the upcoming season however earlier reports to us suggested they would wear a throwback jersey for the Toronto St. Pats at some point during the season, presumably in celebration of their 100th anniversary which seems to be spanning the next two years (several other teams are planning something similar as it’s also the 50th anniversary of all those ’67 expansion clubs).
New Leafs jerseys are not expected to be available at most stores until September. We have no hint on what to expect with the design, our own “gut feeling” is that it probably won’t be much different than what they wore in the 1950s and 60s.
Toronto unveiled their new logo back in February (like five hours before my daughter was born… it was a busy day), the new look played heavily off of the design the club used during their “glory years” and then brought back from the dead for a wildly popular alternate uniform in the early part of the 21st Century. The new version of the logo balanced the shape of the leaf, modernized the font, and centred everything just a bit more — a classic clean-up job.