Leafs fans have wildly different reactions to new Bieber jerseys

Mar 22 2022, 9:42 pm

The Toronto Maple Leafs just dropped their most unique look yet, a collaboration with Justin Bieber creating a one-of-a-kind sweater for their Next Gen alternate jersey.

It’s already shaping up to be their most polarizing. 

The jersey features a black base, white trim on the numbers, and blue accents for a Maple Leafs jersey that the team describes as a “uniform that has never been seen in sport.” 

It’s also reversible, with the interior of the jersey sporting a black and gold Leafs logo inspired by Bieber’s drew house brand.

“We are excited to be able to take Next Gen to another level with this special uniform designed with our next generation in mind,” said Brendan Shanahan, Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor. “The opportunity to collaborate with Justin and drew house to create such a unique alternate sweater will make it even more special for our fans and the team.”

Needless to say, it was met with a mixed reaction.

The Leafs first introduced their Next Gen games in 2017 as part of the organization’s 100th-anniversary celebrations as a way to “mark a celebration of youth in the community and to unite fans of all ages through the team and the game of hockey.”

Steve “Dangle” Glynn, the ultimate Maple Leafs fan, might’ve summed up the jersey new debate best. 

“My love for the Maple Leafs has always been a big part of who I am, and my passion for the team, and the passion of millions of fans, is stitched into this Next Gen sweater,” Bieber said. “I’m grateful to the Leafs for the chance to team up again to create something so authentic for the team and its fans.”

Toronto will wear the uniform at its Next Gen game against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

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