There have been numerous reasons cited for Smythe’s decision to rename the team. The Maple Leafs say that the name was chosen in honour of the Maple Leaf Regiment from World War I.
Now can people stop being inconsiderate assholes about the spelling of Leafs? Are we done acting like elementary school kids? It’s a proper noun to honor men who served in World War I. Additionally, Conn Smythe himself chose that name. I know that most of y’all respect that trophy we have that is named after him, now respect his decision from generations past. Why anyone thinks it’s funny to pick on that is beyond me. Fans who say that they can’t take a team seriously because they supposedly spell something wrong in their name irritate me to no end. Did you know that technically the word Blackhawks does not exist in the dictionary because it is a proper noun that is not commonly used. And if we want to dissect the argument of not taking a team seriously because of something silly in their name and/or logo, I for one have never seen a penguin wear ice skates, let alone use them properly, or handle a hockey stick for that matter. Hockey fans should have respect for every NHL team, because they’re exactly that…NHL hockey teams. They are one part of an entire organization. I can understand not liking some teams. Almost everyone has one or two teams that they just do not like. I do not like the Red Wings, but I sure as hell respect what an outstanding franchise they are.
Maybe I’m asking for too much from people, but at least now fans don’t have a good excuse to pick on Toronto’s name…
Okay, I’m done being nit-picky now.