On This Date 2/17/1927

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It is a midseason name change for the NHL’s team in Toronto. Known as the Toronto St. Patricks since 1919, the team becomes known as the Toronto Maple Leafs. The name change comes with new ownership, as Conn Smythe led a group to buy the team and prevent a move to Philadelphia. Smythe changes the name to give the team a patriotic name, viewing the Maple Leaf as a badge of courage.

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