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Just curious, but is the reason the Leafs are the Leafs and not Leaves, because the team is technically the Toronto Maple Leaf organization? Leafs would be plural for Maple Leaf in that situation?

I'm just curious to know if anybody has any better information on this.

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In February of 1927, Conn Smythe, who had built the New York Rangers franchise but was dismissed in favour of Lester Patrick, raised enough money to buy the St. Pats and prevented the team from moving to Philadelphia. Smythe, a military man, immediately had the Toronto franchise name changed from the St. Pats to Maple Leafs, the name of a World War I fighting unit, the Maple Leaf Regiment.  He also switched the uniform colours to blue and white from green and white.

From http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=42182

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Each player is a "Toronto Maple Leaf", therefore a team of them would be "Leafs"

Then each leaf on a tree would be a "leaf", therefore a bunch of them would be "leafs."

However,

And "leafs" is a perfectly acceptable, if less common, plural form of "leaf."

Since it seams that this is true (here anyway: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaf), I guess it's a moot point. I wonder whether "leafs" has always been an acceptable plural or if it that was changed after the team name came to be.

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It makes sense because the team name is not named after a pile of leaves. It's named after a specific type of leaf. There is only one kind of Maple Leaf. And since it seems like it's required to add a plural to all team names, they made it Maple Leafs. At least that's what I always thought

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so googling this issue has taught me something...

in canada, "beer" is an acceptable plural for itself? you can drink 6 beer? like deer?

that's kinda neato.

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so googling this issue has taught me something...

in canada, "beer" is an acceptable plural for itself? you can drink 6 beer? like deer?

that's kinda neato.

I don't know where you're getting your deer from, but I don't where you can drink deer! :P

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It's proper use for the simple fact that Toronto Maple Leaf is a proper name. Each individual player is a Toronto Maple Leaf, thus the collective team are Toronto Maple Leafs.

How would everyone feel about the Minnesota TimberWolfs?

As awkward sounding as it is, one would get used to it after a few decades. How does everyone feel about a Timberwolve?

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so googling this issue has taught me something...

in canada, "beer" is an acceptable plural for itself? you can drink 6 beer? like deer?

that's kinda neato.

I've never heard anyone say "I drank 6 beer".

But you can say, "I've drank a lot of beer tonight". Or you could say, "I've drank a lot of beers tonight." Both are acceptable.

I will be saying one of these statements tonight.

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