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Toronto Maple Leafs to don throwback jerseys to celebrate first ever NHL game

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs will don throwback jerseys for their Dec. 19 game against visiting Carolina to mark the 100th anniversary of their first ever NHL game.

The puck will drop on the so-called Next Century Game at 2 p.m. ET at the Air Canada Centre.

"The Next Century Game marks the culmination of a year of Maple Leafs centennial anniversary celebrations that paid tribute to the teams, the accomplishments and the memories of the first 100 years of Maple Leafs hockey," Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said.

"We're now able to look ahead as we start to write the next great chapters in team history along with creating new generations of Leafs fans, which is an important part of this celebration."

Toronto Mayor John Tory, meanwhile, announced that Dec. 19 will officially be proclaimed Toronto Maple Leafs Day.

The commemorative jersey for the game is based on the Toronto Arenas' uniform worn in the franchise's second season.

The Next Century Game is sponsored by Scotiabank.

 

 

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