The connection between the Canadian military and the Leafs goes back to when Conn Smythe decided to use the maple leaf as the team’s logo. Smythe had served as a soldier in the Great War and his uniform proudly showcased a maple leaf which lead him to put the iconic Canadian symbol on the sweaters of his team. Not only did the team wear the leaf on their sweaters but many players would also serve our country throughout the years.
Today the connection continues in the form of Canadian Forces Night. The tradition in its eighth season will take place this Saturday and honour members of the military in attendance at Air Canada Centre. Many season seat holders will give their seats to Forces members who will then be recognized with a special ceremony, videos during the game, prizes, and the opportunity to take to the ice after the game to meet the team and get photos, autographs, and share stories.