A battle of the maple leafs is breaking out all over the country, and now even the Toronto Maple Leafs have unwittingly jumped into the fray, perhaps prematurely.

Just last week, Joseph Donato of Pickering caught the eye of the Guinness World Record people by finding a maple leaf that measured 33 cm wide by 38 long, including the stem.

Guinness officials heard rumours of his big leaf through a local newspaper, and they approached him, awarding him the Guinness World Record plaque on Guinness World Records Day, a well-publicized event on Nov. 18.

The Leafs, who haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967, got wind of this record achievement and have made attempts to contact Donato and invite him to a Leaf game.

However, now there is a flurry of other record wannabes across the country claiming to have bigger maple leafs.

Randy Steel and her daughter, Eve, 10, of Vancouver say they have a leaf that measures 44 cm by 34.

On the weekend, another Ontario challenger, nine-year-old Nolan Toner, emerged, claiming his maple leaf is 43 cm wide by 38 long.

Steel’s leaf is wider, but Toner’s is longer and has more overall mass.

One option is to have an adjudicator on site at the record attempt, but there’s a charge for that, which will could include travel, accommodation and the adjudicator’s fee.

Toner, a Grade 4 student at William Burgess Public School, says he found his leaf on Nov. 14 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery during a walk with his parents.

He found the leaf somewhere between the graves of Alexander Muir, composer of The Maple Leaf Forever, and the grave of William Lyon Mackenzie King, the former Prime Minister.

Toner’s father, Tom, said, “My son was collecting leaves to put on Alexander Muir’s grave site because we thought it would be nice for the man who wrote ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ to have a maple leaf on his grave site.”