By HOWARD BERGER
LOS ANGELES (July 14) - There has been much speculation about whether the Toronto Maple Leafs will unveil a new third jersey for next season. The answer I've gotten is yes... the re-designed alternate (pictured below) will look very much like the jersey the club wore at Maple Leaf Gardens on May 2, 1967 - the night it last hoisted the Stanley Cup. The 12-point maple leaf is identical to that worn by the team from the start of the 1967 playoffs to the end of the 1969-70 season. The striping is also identical to the '67-'70 version, though larger on both the jersey-bottom and sleeve.
This is a very sharp design and should do extremely well for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. It replaces the alternate jersey worn, on and off, by the hockey club since the 1998-99 season: a replica of the mid-'60s white road uniform (with old-style, 35-point Leafs logo and blue shoulder yoke).
Will pass on details of when this new third jersey is scheduled to hit the stores.
MAPLE LEAFS NEW ALTERNATE JERSEY...
REPLACES THIS ONE, WORN PERIODICALLY SINCE 1998