The “Toronto Maple Leafs” (formally known as the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club) is a professional ice hockey team situated in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The team is part of the Atlantic Division, which plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL), they are also members of the “Original Six” franchise in the league.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are embodied by chairman Larry Tanenbum under the ownership of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. For 68 years, the team used to play their home games in the Maple Leaf Gardens, in February 199, they moved their home games at the Air Canada Centre.
The team originated as the “Toronto” in the year 1917, which was operated by the Toronto Arena Company (also owners of the Arena Gardens). The Toronto was renamed as the Toronto St. Patricks in the year 1919 when the league moved the franchise to its new owners. In 1996, the franchise was traded to the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. After being sold, the team was renamed as the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club.
Through years of playing in the ice hockey court, the team won a total of 13 Stanley Cup championships and ranked next to the Montreal Canadiens. In the year 1967, the team won their last championship.
In the 2013 record, the Leaf’s worth amounts to $1.5 billion US dollars. They are also recognized as the most valuable franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL). Next to the ranking are the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens.
According to Forbes Magazine, the current ranking of the team is in the 26th place among the most valuable major sports team in the world. In fact, the Leafs are the only team from the NHL to be in the top 50.