While a very popular specialty channel in terms of numbers of subscribers, Leafs TV’s availability was limited by NHL regulation to the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club’s home province of Ontario, but excluding the Ottawa Valley, which infringed on the Ottawa Senators’ territory. Owned by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Leafs TV was licensed in 2000 and launched in 2001; it covered all aspects of the Toronto Maple Leaf team, its players and its games, both current and historical. It began to be available in high definition in 2006.
The CRTC gave its approval on August 16th 2012 for the sale of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and its sports television channels, including Leafs TV, to BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications.
On October 7, 2017, Leafs TV was re-branded as Leafs Nation Network.