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One of the more historically storied franchises in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs have won 13 Stanley Cups, the second most of all teams in the league.
The Maple Leafs have 66 players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, which is located in the city, more than any other team. The Leaf inductees include Darryl Sittler, Red Kelly, Norm Ullman, Doug Gilmour and future Hall of Famer Mats Sundin.
More recently, the Leafs have struggled. Toronto has not won the Stanley Cup since 1967, the longest-active Cup drought in the NHL. 1967 was also the last time the Maple Leafs played in the Finals and was the final season of the Original Six era. The Leafs have also missed out on the playoffs each season since the 2004-2005 lockout.
Though the Maple Leafs have not enjoyed the success they did pre-expansion, their fans are still second to none. When the team played at Maple Leaf Gardens, tickets sold out every game from 1946 until their last game at the stadium in 1999.
Now at the Air Canada Centre, the Leafs are near the top of average attendance each year in the NHL. The waiting list for season tickets has over 1,000 names on it.
Even when playing on the road, the team has a strong following. Many snowbirds migrate to southern U.S. cities like Phoenix, Tampa Bay and Miami, which gives a good turnout of Toronto fans at away games.
In part because of the strong following for the team, Forbes ranks the Toronto Maple Leafs as the most valuable NHL franchise, estimated to be worth $521 million.
Through all the ups and downs, Maple Leaf fans have stood by their team, making Toronto one of the greatest hockey cities in the world.