The Toronto Maple Leafs are part of the NHL's Eastern Conference. They are aligned in the Northeast Division with their rivals the Ottawa Senators. When the teams play one another it's called the "Battle of Ontario." The Leafs are also rivals with the Montreal Canadiens—it's the oldest, and perhaps the best, rivalry in the NHL. Maple Leaf tickets are sold to the Air Canada Centre which is located on Bay Street in downtown Toronto. They moved to the Air Canada Centre in 1999 and before that they played 68 seasons at the venerated Maple Leaf Gardens.
The Maple Leafs hockey was founded in 1917 although the franchise didn't adopt their current nickname until Valentine's Day 1927. To be accurate, the franchise's official name is the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club. Although dollar amounts can change at a moment's notice, the Maple Leafs are annually listed as the NHL's most valuable franchise. The Leafs are the most represented team in the Hockey Hall of Fame. There are 55 Maple Leaf players enshrined in the hall including Jack Adams, Andy Bathgate, Johnny Bower, Gordie Drillion, Busher Jackson, Joe Primeau, and Harry Watson.
Toronto tickets have been sold to 13 Stanley Cup Championships. The team was dominate in the 1940's winning five Cups in the decade and then another in 1951. The only franchise with more Stanley Cups wins is the Canadiens with 24. The Leafs last won the cup in 1967 (as of 2010). Unfortunately for Leafs fans, Toronto is the only "Original Six" team that has failed to win the Stanley Cup since the 1967 expansion. That also makes them the NHL team with the longest-active title drought. Toronto's 1967 championship team defeated the Canadiens in six games. Center Dave Keon was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for the most valuable player during the postseason.