Our Toronto Maple Leafs-Inspired hockey art print reflects the storied history of one of the NHL's Original Six legendary teams. The franchise was founded in 1917, known then as the Toronto Arenas. In 1919, the NHL transferred ownership and they were renamed the Toronto St. Patricks. The franchise became the Maple Leafs in 1927 when Conn Smythe, recently fired by the New York Rangers, bought the St. Pats keeping the struggling team in Toronto. Smythe changed the uniform colours back to blue and white from the St. Pats green and renamed the team as the Maple Leafs in honour of his military past and the Maple Leaf Regiment.
The design of our Toronto Maple Leafs Original Six hockey art print was inspired by the work of the great depression era graphic designer Lester Beall. His work became popular across North America at the same time as the rise of the newly formed NHL. Our Leafs Original Six print draws his style with bold horizontal bands of colours that emulate the early team uniforms. It also includes historical elements like an image of Maple Leaf Gardens and legendary Leafs great, Ace Bailey.
This unique art print is ideal for framing and makes a great addition to any Leafs, or NHL sport art enthusiast's collection.
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