mr.negative15, on January 3, 2013 - 16:46, said:
Ice_Cap, on January 3, 2013 - 12:26, said:
The Giant Pacific Octopus, on January 3, 2013 - 11:29, said:
Ice_Cap, on January 3, 2013 - 09:57, said:
Nice to see that Toronto resisted the urge to go with the St. Pats throwbacks.
Why? That would have been awesome.
The St. Pats era, while part of the Leafs' lineage represents a sort of failed experiment. An attempt to brand themselves as a Celtic/Irish/Catholic-centric club, a hockey version of Celtic FC if you will. It didn't really take and they became the Maple Leafs, a team embraced across southwestern Ontario, and most of English Canada for decades. While the lineage of the St. Pats and Maple Leafs is one and the same the Leafs were the team that a nation got behind while the St. Pats were the team that didn't even really appeal to the demographic they were pandering to.
Also Maple Leafs vs Red Wings is a great historical rivalry. St. Pats vs Red Wings was never even a thing
Plus there's the fact that the Leafs were chosen for this game because of their widespread appeal. The Toronto Maple Leafs brand is very strong. Why dilute it with a uniform set so far removed from the look the brand is known for?
...But the St. Pats vs the Cougars was a thing and we've seen Detroit use the striped jersey
before. I thought they may go to that jersey match up. Not that I'm disappointed that they didn't this looks so much better.
Yeah, but no one cared when the St. Pats played the Cougars.
I donno. This game was supposed to (and still may) feature two of the strongest brands in the NHL who also happen to be historical rivals. They should look the part.
The Giant Pacific Octopus, on January 5, 2013 - 11:57, said:
Its just that I love the St.Patricks name. I wish they would have kept it. I would have been a rabid "St.Pats" lover rather than a rabid "Maple Leafs" hater.
And I think eventually fans would have warmed up to the name. And instead of today hearing insufferable fans chant "Go Leafs Go" every 2 seconds (even when its not hockey season), we could hear classy fans chant "Go Pats Go".
Out of all the nicknames that have come and gone in the NHL since 1917, "St.Patricks" is my third favourite.
I think your the only person in existence whose fandom of Toronto hockey would have hinged on the keeping of the St. Pats name.
Again, they changed it because they couldn't even get the demographic they were pandering to with the name to support the club. I may be remembering the story wrong, but I think the St. Pats even resorted to giving their players fake Irish names, so yes it was pandering.
Not saying that most of English Canada wouldn't have gotten behind them if they kept the name, but that's not what happened. The Leafs became the Passion that Unites Us All. Hard to argue with the success of that brand change back in 1927.