For many fans, buying the Official Program at a Leafs game is routine. For others it’s a souvenir. Either way, $5 gets you a book with the starting line-ups, bios on the players, photos, recent news and community initiatives and some fun features.
Programs have been sold at sporting events for years. And while the layout and quality has changed, they remain a part of the experience. I mean how many times have you been greeted by the sound of “Get your program here!” when you enter the arena?
Today’s throwback is a glimpse at the cover of the Official Hockey Programme from sometime between 1927 and 1931. It cost a mere 10 cents and featured an illustration of the Leafs taking on the now defunct Montreal Maroons. It was sold at The Arena Gardens also known as Mutual Street Arena, the first home of the Leafs and the site of the first radio broadcast of a hockey game.
The uniforms the Leafs are sporting resemble those worn by the Leafs in the recent Winter Classic and number 6 illustrates Ace Bailey.