The Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple LeafsSource: AFP

THE Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most iconic franchises in the NHL, but according to a report from SportsLogos.net, the Leafs are about to get a new look in time for their centennial season in 2016-17.

Toronto has not made significant changes to its logo over the last 40 years. They have tightened the corners of the Maple Leaf and darkened the shade of blue they use, but other than those minor details, the Toronto Maple Leafs have kept the same look for decades now.

Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a goal.
Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a goal.Source: AFP

SportsLogos.net has a great graphic in their original story on the reported redesign here. They did not, however, have many details on what changes are reportedly in store beyond the following:

Right now the only hint we have of what the new logo will look like isn’t too much of a surprise at all — “a combination of all past team eras plus a nod to the future.” This is basically the same mould used by all past logo changes implemented by the club. So, just another step in the evolutions? Makes sense …

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Al Horford and Terry Rozier both had 26 points to lead the way for Brad Stevens’ team, while Khris Middleton topscored with 32.

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In a strange first round series, neither team managed to win a game on the road; Boston’s home court advantage proving pivotal.

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TODAY’S SCHEDULE

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12:30pm: New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors (Game 1)

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STEPH CURRY OUT FOR GAME 1

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Two-time MVP Stephen Curry has been out for five weeks with a left MCL sprain, and has been ruled out of Game 1.

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The Golden State Warriors evaluated their superstar point guard after pre-game warmups, a day after he completed a full-court contact practice.

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Curry was listed as questionable heading into Game 1 of the Warriors’ second round series against the New Orleans Pelicans, with head coach Steve Kerr saying that he’s expected to play in the second game of the series.

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“He’s a competitor and wants to be out there. He just has to do a little listening now,” Warriors forward David West after shootaround.

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“He just has to be a good listener and listen to the advice of the medical people and make sure he’s making the smartest decision.”

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The Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 4-1 in the first round of the postseason, being lifted by the likes of Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green.

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“He’s getting himself in shape and getting his timing back. He’s been working and shooting and stuff. He’s just working back into it,” West said. “He’s probably getting a little anxious now. He just has to be smart and be a good patient.”

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BEN Simmons and his Philadelphia 76ers will face the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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Al Horford and Terry Rozier led the way for the Celtics in a Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, setting up the showdown in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

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The 76ers were relatively quick to dismantle the Miami Heat in the first round of their postseason, with Simmons averaging 18.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game, over that series.

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The Australian point guard’s team will go up against a Celtics team that’s without its two stars, Kyrie Irving (knee) and Gordon Hayward (ankle), for the entirety of the playoffs. The Celtics won the regular season series 3-1, with the 76ers’ sole win coming in the game that didn’t feature Irving.

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Game 1 of the second round series begins on Tuesday (AEST).

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SCHEDULE

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All times are AEST

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Game 1: Tuesday, May 1 @ 10am — Philadelphia @ Boston

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Game 2: Friday, May 4 @ 10am — Philadelphia @ Boston

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Game 3: Sunday, May 6 @ TDB — Boston @ Philadelphia

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Game 4: Tuesday, May 8 @ TBD — Boston @ Philadelphia

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*Game 5: Thursday, May 10 @ TBD — Philadelphia @ Boston

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*Game 6: Saturday, May 12 @ TBD — Boston @ Philadelphia

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*Game 7: Monday, May 14 @ TBD — Philadelphia @ Boston

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The 76ers have had a considerable break between the first and second round of the playoffs, and Simmons admitted that there’s a level of impatience he and his team are feeling.

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“I think everybody is a little bit antsy,” Simmons said. “I’m fine. I just feel like whoever we play, we will be ready for our matchup.”

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The No. 2 seeded Celtics have received a considerable contribution from Rozier, while Jayson Tatum has been among the rookies who’ve excelled in the postseason.

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For the 76ers, the return of Joel Embiid proved to be significant, with the All-Star centre averaging 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, over three games. Embiid sat out the first two games with a face injury.

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With the Celtics playing without their two stars, they’ve adapted a physical brand of basketball — similar to what the 76ers saw against the Heat — led by the likes of Simmons’ compatriot, Aron Baynes, as well as Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown.

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Simmons experienced an increased physicality in the first round, and he says he’s ready for it, should he be faced with it in the conference semi-finals.

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“I’m just playing, honestly,” he said. “Whatever they throw at me, I’ll be ready for it. At the same time, I’m not going to get too crazy or lose myself in that moment. I’ve got to stay present for my team.”

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