The Toronto Maple Leafs are throwing their support behind their CFL brethren ahead of Sunday’s East Final.
On Saturday, the iconic NHL franchise took to social media to share pictures of their players arriving at morning skate draped in some Toronto Argonauts drip. Each player arrived in a white Argos crewneck sweatshirt, featuring an old school boat logo on the back. The same crewnecks will be given away to the first 10,000 fans to arrive at BMO Field for the East Final.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 12, 2022
It appears as if the entire team got the memo to rep their local CFL franchise, including stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. The American-born Matthews has previously expressed a desire to play quarterback in the CFL, while Marner has been vocal about his love for the Argos in the past.
The Maple Leafs and Argonauts share a common ownership group in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, though the company has often been criticized for failing to emphasize synergy between their NHL team and the smaller market CFL. They are clearly pulling off all the stops this time around, with Argos’ linebacker Henoc Muamba also making an appearance at last night’s Leafs game.
However, Matthews and Marner aren’t the only major professional athletes throwing their support behind an East Division contender. On Friday, Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Luguentz Dort arrived at a game against the Toronto Raptors — also owned by MLSE — repping a Montreal Alouettes jersey.
The Leafs are scheduled to play the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. EST. The Argos (11-7) will host the Alouettes (9-9) on Sunday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. EST.