On This Day November 22nd.

November 22: On this day in 1917, Toronto was granted a franchise and became a founding member of the National Hockey League. In the first couple of years in the NHL, the team was known as the Toronto Arenas. The team name was changed to the St. Patricks for the 1919-20 season and then became the Maple Leafs in 1926-27. As at the end of the 2005-06 season, Toronto has an all-time regular season winning record of W-2,459, L-2,360, T-783, OT losses-19 and SO losses-7. Since the inception of the franchise and the NHL, Toronto has scored 17,450 goals and has allowed 17,321 against. Amazingly, the difference between their GF and GA is only 129 goals or less than 1%.

Toronto Arenas (1916-17)

November 22: On this day in 1962, Red Kelly of the Leafs became just the third player in NHL history to play in 1,000 games. In his Hall-of-Fame career, Kelly played 846 regular season games with the Red Wings and 470 with the Leafs for a total of 1,316. The Leafs were shutout by fellow Hall-of-Famer Glenn Hall and the Black Hawks 1-0.

November 22: On this day in 1991, the Maple Leafs made their first trip ever to San Jose and beat the Sharks 3-1. The first year San Jose Sharks won only 17 games all season. The Leafs took the season series, 2 out of 3, and as of the end of the 2006-07 season, the Leafs have an all-time winning regular season record against the Sharks of W-19, L-10, T-5, OL-0. As of 2007, the Leafs and Sharks have only played each other once in the playoffs, in 1994. The Leafs prevailed in that series in 7 games.

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