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Toronto Maple Leafs reveal new warm-up jerseys ahead of Indigenous Celebration game

Images of the new warm-up jerseys designed by Anishinaabe artist, Tyler Tabobondung Rushnell. (Twitter/MapleLeafs) Images of the new warm-up jerseys designed by Anishinaabe artist, Tyler Tabobondung Rushnell. (Twitter/MapleLeafs)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be sporting special new jerseys on Saturday night.

Tyler Tabobondung Rushnell, a 23-year-old Anishinaabe artist, designed the practice jerseys for the Leafs to wear ahead of their game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“I took inspiration from my culture, the Ojibwe people and the Anishinaabe,” Rushnell said in a video shared by the Maple Leafs.

Rushnell, a Beaver Clan from Wasauksing First Nations in Parry Sound, practices Woodlands-style art. His redesigned jerseys feature a shoulder patch of a thunderbird and a Tkaronto Maple Leafs logo.

“Thunderbird represents strength and being able to talk to the creator in a good way,” Rushnell said.

The worn warm-up jerseys will be up for auction through Real Sports Auction, with all of the proceeds being donated to the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. Fans can also buy the limited-edition collection at Real Sports Apparel where 20 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the same Indigenous-run cultural centre.

Outside of the new jerseys, the Indigenous Celebration game will also have live music, dance performances, and some Indigenous fusion cuisine like bison poutine and smoked maple sage drumsticks.

The Leafs also shared a video of Kalley Armstrong ahead of Saturday night’s game, granddaughter of the late team captain George Armstrong, who passed away at 90 in 2021.

In the video, Kalley talks about George Armstrong’s legacy and his impact on the Indigenous community while sporting her grandfather’s jersey.

“Well, it’s amazing to be in the community. I mean, it’s amazing for First Nations people. It’s amazing for me, as a First Nations person, to represent my grandfather and his Indigenous background,” Kalley said.

“I think just to be here with the community and play hockey, and all be together as one, I just think it’s extremely powerful.”

The Toronto Maple Leafs will hit the ice to take on the Red Wings at Scotiabank Arena at 7 p.m. EST. Top Stories

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