It could be a long time before the Maple Leafs make changes to their home and away jerseys
The Maple Leafs currently have one of the best home and away jerseys in the NHL. There should be no debate about this.
When Toronto changed the look of their jerseys in 2016, it was met with much love and some disappointment. To be excited about something and hopeful, only to be disappointed is a natural occurrence in life – it was going to happen to a few people in the fanbase.
Over time, however, many who disliked the jerseys grew to appreciate the new (now older) ones. A lot of views probably turned to excitement when Adidas signed on as an official distributor in 2017. They made the jerseys look a whole lot better.
But now the time is near for Adidas and the NHL – choosing to part ways at the end of the 2022-23 season. It’s clear whoever becomes the league’s next jersey distributor will have a tough job ahead of them, having to create better looking kits than Adidas.
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Don’t get me wrong, some have been hit or miss, especially the reverse retros that Adidas will have a chance to redeem themselves with later this year. However, there were other jerseys that looked amazing and won’t need to be changed for a long time.
Step into the Maple Leafs home and away jerseys.
A fair amount of jerseys across the NHL that look great, starting with the Arizona kachina jersey. It’s safe to say this might be the best jersey in the entire league. But when you look at home and outside of Toronto, I don’t think there’s an argument that their jerseys are bad.
The foil on the chest is perfect – neither too big nor too small – the stripes on the shirt, socks and pants fit the look really well, and having numbers instead of the logo makes it a shirt very clean.
One of the things that makes these two jerseys so spectacular is the fact that they are both good. Many teams have a great home jersey, but an away jersey is a bit worse. Toronto doesn’t have that – both jerseys can be worn in the arena or out on the streets, if you like to walk around in them.
The Maple Leafs even outdid themselves when they released “The Flipside Jersey.” This might just be in the top five best jerseys in the league right now.
Going back to their regular shirts, however, I don’t see them changing anytime soon and there are plenty of reasons for that.
First off, like I said, they’re perfect the way they are. It’s a bit like the saying “If it is not broke, do not fix it. I think there will come a time when it’s time for an overhaul – it’s normal for shirts to be changed from time to time.
However, I don’t think it will be soon.
The other reason is the history of the franchise. The Maple Leafs are one of the most historic teams in the NHL and they love their jerseys. Creating a jersey that doesn’t match their brand or crest is not something Toronto wants to do.
It must be perfectly suited to the team and its history.
Look at the Toronto Marlies for example; there are many AHL teams that have a number of new jerseys each season for different theme nights. Toronto only changed jerseys once and that was for their St. Patrick’s Day game.
There is a lot to be said for the historical value of the logo and its colors. The organization doesn’t want to create a jersey just because it hasn’t had a new one in a while. There must be a reason behind it, and a good reason for it.
That’s why I don’t believe we see a change in Toronto’s home and away jerseys any time soon. Everything about them is great – the fans love them and I’m sure the players do too.
On their own, this is one of the best jerseys in the league. Why change it?
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