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The Toronto Marlies are a Canadian professional ice hockey team playing in the American Hockey League (AHL). The top affiliate of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Toronto Maple Leafs, the Marlies play at Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Toronto Marlies
2019–20 AHL season
Toronto Marlies logo.svg
CityToronto, Ontario
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionNorth
Founded1978
Home arenaCoca-Cola Coliseum
Scotiabank Arena (occasional home games)
ColoursBlue, white
         
Owner(s)Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
General managerLaurence Gilman
Head coachVacant
MediaLeafs Nation Network
Sportsnet 590
TSN 1050
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesToronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Newfoundland Growlers (ECHL)
Franchise history
1978–1982New Brunswick Hawks
1982–1986St. Catharines Saints
1986–1991Newmarket Saints
1991–2005St. John's Maple Leafs
2005–presentToronto Marlies
Championships
Regular season titles2 (2015–16, 2017–18)
Division Championships6 (2007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18)
Conference Championships2 (2012, 2018)
Calder Cups1 (2018)

HistoryEdit

The Marlies trace their history back to the New Brunswick Hawks, which were founded in 1978 and jointly operated by the Maple Leafs and Chicago Black Hawks as a farm team.[1][2] Maple Leaf Gardens Limited (MLGL) and the Black Hawks each owned half of the franchise.[3][4][5]

The Hawks played until 1982, when they relocated to St. Catharines, Ontario[6] as the St. Catharines Saints, this time as a sole Leafs affiliate; the Hawks had opted to affiliate with the Springfield Indians. After four seasons, the team moved to Newmarket, Ontario as the Newmarket Saints, where they played for five seasons before moving to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador[7][8] as the St. John's Maple Leafs, the first professional ice hockey team in Newfoundland and Labrador. The team played their home games at Memorial Stadium until 2001, when they moved to Mile One Centre.

 
The Marlies with the Calder Cup, the club's first after defeating the Texas Stars in the 2018 Calder Cup Final.

The AHL had a strong presence in Atlantic Canada in the 1980s and 1990s. However, after the turn of the millennium, NHL teams sought to have their AHL affiliates located geographically closer to their parent clubs in order to ease movement of players between the minors and the NHL. By 2004, St. John's was the only remaining team in the region. Although the team was extremely popular and had excellent attendance, the parent Maple Leafs wanted to cut back on escalating travel costs. By the time of the team's final season in Newfoundland, their nearest opponent was the Portland Pirates, 1,781 km (1,107 mi) away. Additionally, Ricoh Coliseum (formerly CNE Coliseum and now Coca-Cola Coliseum had recently been renovated for hockey use, and the NHL Leafs were looking to place a team there. The Coliseum had been home to the Toronto Roadrunners, top affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, in the 2003–04 season. These factors resulted in the team's relocation to Toronto for the 2005–06 season.

The team is named after the former Toronto Marlboros, a junior hockey team that played in Toronto from 1904 to 1989, the last 62 years of that time under common ownership with the Leafs. The team was long known as the "Marlies" to fans and media alike. To avoid any potential association with the similarly named cigarette brand, MLSE uses the abbreviated form as the team's official nickname.

The Rochester Americans have succeeded the now defunct Hamilton Bulldogs as the major rival of the Marlies, whose parent team, the Maple Leafs, also have a rivalry with the Americans' parent club, the Buffalo Sabres.

During the 2011–12 AHL season, the Marlies advanced to the Calder Cup Finals, the deepest playoff run for a Toronto-based team since the Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1967.

In 2015–16 season, the Marlies moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference due to the relocation of five teams to California.

During the 2017–18 AHL season, the Marlies won their first Calder Cup after a 4–3 series win over the Texas Stars in the finals.[9] It was the first professional hockey title for a Toronto-based team since 1967.

Team informationEdit

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The Toronto Marlies' primary colours are blue and white, which is used in the team's logo. The present logo for the Marlies, introduced in 2016, is based on the Toronto Marlboros' logo. The Marlboros were a junior ice hockey team that was formerly sponsored by Maple Leaf Gardens Limited.

Broadcast informationEdit

All regular season home games, as well as all home and away playoff games air on Leafs Nation Network, with Todd Crocker as play-by-play announcer. Road regular season games are streamed live on the Marlies' Website.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader AHL Record

Records as of the end of the 2018–19 regular season.[10]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2005–06 80 41 29 6 4 92 .575 270 263 4th, North 2006 L, 1–4, GR
2006–07 80 34 39 2 5 75 .469 220 270 6th, North 2007 Did not qualify
2007–08 80 50 21 3 6 109 .681 246 203 1st, North 2008 W, 4–3, SA W, 4–3, SYR L, 1–4, CHI
2008–09 80 39 29 5 7 90 .563 240 229 4th, North 2009 L, 2–4, MTB
2009–10 80 33 35 6 6 78 .488 193 261 5th, North 2010 Did not qualify
2010–11 80 37 32 1 10[1] 85 .531 228 219 5th, North 2011 Did not qualify
2011–12 76 44 24 5 3 96 .632 217 175[4] 1st, North 2012 W, 3–0, RCH W, 4–1, ABB W, 4–1, OKC L, 0–4, NOR
2012–13 76 43 23 3 7 96 .632 237 199 1st, North 2013 W, 3–0, RCH L, 2–4, GR
2013–14 76 45 25 2 4 96 .632 223 202 1st, North 2014 W, 3–0, MIL W, 4–0, CHI L, 3–4, TEX
2014–15 76 40 27 9 0[2] 89 .586 207 203 2nd, North 2015 L, 2–3, GR
2015–16 76 54 16[3] 5 1 114 .750 294 191 1st, North 2016 W, 3–0, BRI W, 4–3, ALB L, 1–4, HER
2016–17 76 42 29 4 1 89 .586 245 207 2nd, North 2017 W, 3–1, ALB L, 3–4, SYR
2017–18 76 54 18[3] 2 2 112 .737 254 170[4] 1st, North 2018 W, 3–2, UTI W, 4–0, SYR W, 4–0, LV W, 4–3, TEX
2018–19 76 39 24 9 4 91 .599 248 243 3rd, North 2019 W, 3–0, RCH W, 4–0, CLE L, 2–4, CHA
Totals 1088 595 371 62 60 1312 .603 3322 3035 11 playoff appearances

[1]-Indicates league leading: most shootout losses

[2]-Indicates AHL record: fewest shootout losses[11]

[3]-Indicates league leading: fewest losses

[4]-Indicates league leading: fewest goals against

Players and personnelEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated November 18, 2019.[12][13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
46   Pontus Aberg RW R 26 2019 Stockholm, Sweden Maple Leafs
18   Kenny Agostino LW L 27 2019 Morristown, New Jersey Maple Leafs
25   Darren Archibald LW L 29 2019 Newmarket, Ontario Marlies
13   Nicholas Baptiste RW R 24 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Marlies
27   Jeremy Bracco RW R 22 2017 Freeport, New York Maple Leafs
14   Adam Brooks C L 23 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Maple Leafs
17   Rich Clune LW L 32 2015 Toronto, Ontario Marlies
21   Joseph Duszak D R 22 2019 Franklin Square, New York Maple Leafs
39   Hudson Elynuik C L 21 2018 Calgary, Alberta Marlies
58   Tyler Gaudet C L 26 2019 Hamilton, Ontario Maple Leafs
5   Kevin Gravel D L 27 2019 Kingsford, Michigan Maple Leafs
22   Ben Harpur D L 24 2019 Hamilton, Ontario Maple Leafs
81   Mac Hollowell D R 21 2019 Niagara Falls, Ontario Maple Leafs
31   Michael Hutchinson G R 29 2018 Barrie, Ontario Maple Leafs
6   Teemu Kivihalme D L 24 2019 Cloquet, Minnesota Maple Leafs
96   Egor Korshkov RW L 23 2019 Novosibirsk, Russia Maple Leafs
11   Kalle Kossila C L 26 2019 Kauniainen, Finland Maple Leafs
7   Timothy Liljegren D R 20 2017 Kristianstad, Sweden Maple Leafs
12   Jesper Lindgren D R 22 2019 Umea, Sweden Maple Leafs
10   Tanner MacMaster LW L 23 2019 Calgary, Alberta Marlies
20   Mason Marchment   LW L 24 2016 Uxbridge, Ontario Maple Leafs
26   Matt Read RW R 33 2019 Ilderton, Ontario Marlies
44   Kristians Rubins D L 21 2018 Riga, Latvia Marlies
8   Rasmus Sandin D L 19 2018 Uppsala, Sweden Maple Leafs
24   Jordan Schmaltz D R 26 2019 Verona, Wisconsin Maple Leafs
1   Ian Scott   G L 20 2019 Calgary, Alberta Maple Leafs
19   Garrett Wilson LW L 28 2019 Elmvale, Ontario Maple Leafs
35   Joseph Woll G L 21 2019 Dardenne Prairie, Missouri Maple Leafs


Team captainsEdit

Head coachesEdit

 
Sheldon Keefe with the Calder Cup after the 2018 Calder Cup Final. He was named as the Marlies head coach in 2015.

Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

Goals: John Pohl, 36 (2005–06)
Assists: Jeremy Bracco, 57 (2018–19)
Points: Tim Stapleton, 79 (2008–09); Jeremy Bracco, 79 (2018–19)
Penalty Minutes: Andre Deveaux, 216 (2009–10)
Point Streak: Spencer Abbott, 13 (Oct. 6, 2013 – Nov. 16, 2013)
GAA: Garret Sparks, 1.79 (2017–18)
SV%: Garret Sparks, .936 (2017–18)
Wins: Garret Sparks, 31 (2017-18)
Shutouts: Garret Sparks, 6 (2017–18)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender

CareerEdit

 
Recording 15 shutouts with the Marlies, Garret Sparks holds the franchise all-time shutout record with the team.
Career Goals: Ryan Hamilton, 94
Career Assists: Mike Zigomanis, 116
Career Points: Kris Newbury, 168
Career Penalty Minutes: Kris Newbury, 475
Career Goaltending Wins: Garret Sparks, 80
Career Shutouts: Garret Sparks, 15
Career Games: Alex Foster, 312

Franchise records and firstsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sports roundup". The Globe and Mail. 1978-06-24.
  2. ^ "Leafs, Hawks to Moncton". Toronto Star. 1978-06-20.
  3. ^ "Ballard wants Leafs to have own farm club". The Globe and Mail. 1980-03-21.
  4. ^ "Across Canada: No liquor licence for Leafs-Hawks farm club". The Globe and Mail. 1978-11-09.
  5. ^ "AHL Hawks get Tessier". The Globe and Mail. 1981-08-22.
  6. ^ "Leafs place AHL team in St. Kitts". The Globe and Mail. 1982-06-22.
  7. ^ "AHL History". Toronto Marlies. Archived from the original on 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
  8. ^ Ballou, Bill (2013-04-04). "AHL: Bracken Kearns easy Worcester Sharks MVP choice". Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
  9. ^ McGran, Kevin (June 14, 2018). "Toronto Marlies capture first Calder Cup". The Toronto Star. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Hockeydb.com, Toronto Marlies season statistics and records.
  11. ^ "AHL Guide and Record Book 2015-16" (PDF). Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Toronto Marlies roster". Toronto Marlies. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  13. ^ "Toronto Marlies Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  14. ^ "Toronto Marlies name a captain and official alternates". SB Nation. 3 January 2018.

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