4. Red-letter jersey (1945/1946 -’47/48)
Depending on which source you consult, the Leafs either wore the red letter jersey for one year (1947), or three. Despite the ambiguity on just when this sweater was worn, it stands out as one of the most individualistic and unique designs in Leafs history.
There isn’t much out there on the reasoning behind it, but for a time after World War II, “Toronto Maple Leafs” was scrawled in red across the chests of the Buds. Thus far, the look has remained exclusive to the era, as apart from the odd merch piece, the team hasn’t brought the red letters back.
Akin to Toronto FC’s away kit from 2016 that featured blue shorts, the complete 180 colour switch snaps onlookers to attention and makes the letters pop.
It may have only been with us for a short time, but the red letter jersey featured into a very important time for not just hockey, but the entire world.