the almost leafs

The Toronto St. Patricks team up in 1926-27, the season they turned into the Maple Leafs. Back row, left to right: coach (short-lived) Mike Rodden, unknown. Middle: Bert McCaffrey, Ace Bailey, Bill Brydge, Danny Cox, coach and manager Charlie Querrie, John Ross Roach, Butch Keeling, trainer Tim Daly, unknown. Front: Bill Carson, Carl Voss, Hap Day, Bert Corbeau, Corb Denneny, Leo Bourgeault.

ever green


Mark Truelove took to tinting historical photos as a hobby — more about that, and him, here. His archival subjects aren’t all hockey players, just sometimes. Above, he’s infused three of the last of Toronto’s St. Patricks, just weeks before Conn Smythe and other investors bought the team and transformed them to Maple Leafs.  Posed above in December of 1926 (and in original monochrome below) are, left to right, centre Corb Denneny; goaltender John Ross Roach; and Bert McCaffrey, a right winger who also played on the blueline. Green or blue, the team would end up missing the 1927 playoffs. It was 1932 before they got themselves turned all the way around, winning a first Leaf Stanley Cup, the third in franchise history.

For more of Truelove’s remarkable work, visit You can follow him on Twitter @CanadianColour.

St. Pats Hockey Team, group of three. - December 3, 1926