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06-09-2013, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by smitty10 View Post
The 'Maple Leafs' was the name of a Canadian battalion in WW1.

The name makes perfect sense. A player on the team is a 'Maple Leaf'. Therefore, the team is correctly called the 'Maple Leafs'. It's grammatically correct. It's not like they're called MapleLeafs.
Actually, there was no WWI Maple Leaf regiment or battalion from Ontario, at least not as far as can be told. More likely, the team was named after the Maple Leaf regimental badges that most Canadian units wore, but over the course of time that got confused into representing a Maple Leaf Regiment badge. That, and the team just so happened to be given the exact same name as a baseball team that was, at the time, far more popular than the hockey team but which obviously faded into oblivion since then.

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