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Toronto Maple Leafs officially announce Dion Phaneuf as captain, jersey redesign

As we expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs named Dion Phaneuf their newly minted captain during a press conference today. There was more news than that, though, as the Leafs look to be echoing their past in other ways too. Check out their “new” jerseys, which as Icethetics points out, bring back a shoulder patch used 10 years ago and also features two horizontal stripes added to the bottom of the sweater. (

Dion Phaneuf

Newly-named Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf receives a congratulatory handshake following the announcement at a press conference in Toronto, Monday, June 14, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)


Now, here’s a look at the rather plain duds they were wearing last season.

Phil Kessel

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel celebrates overtime goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, March 11, 2010. Toronto won 4-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)


On some level, every season is a “big” season in the pressure cooker that is Toronto (even if most seasons qualify as a disappointment). Still, for GM Brian Burke, Phaneuf and coach Ron Wilson, the 2010-11 season could very well be a make-or-break campaign.

If nothing else, they’ll look quite a bit more stylish, even if this experiment fails.