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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
2018–19 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 coachSheldon Keefe
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)

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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, but 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 had recently been renovated for hockey use, and the NHL Leafs were looking to place a team there. 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.

In 2015–16 season, the Marlies moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference due to the relocation of five teams to California. This market was home to the Toronto Roadrunners in the 2003–04 season.

During the 2017–18 AHL season, the Marlies won its first Calder Cup after a 4–3 series win over the Texas Stars in the finals.[9]

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]

[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

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated April 17, 2019.[12][13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
13   Nicholas Baptiste RW R 23 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Maple Leafs
55   Andreas Borgman D L 23 2018 Stockholm, Sweden Maple Leafs
27   Jeremy Bracco RW R 22 2017 Freeport, New York Maple Leafs
14   Adam Brooks C L 22 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Maple Leafs
58   Michael Carcone LW L 22 2018 Ajax, Ontario Maple Leafs
17   Rich Clune LW L 32 2015 Toronto, Ontario Marlies
63   Colt Conrad C R 21 2019 Saint Alphonse, Manitoba Marlies
22   Frank Corrado D R 26 2018 Toronto, Ontario Marlies
21   Joseph Duszak D R 21 2019 Franklin Square, New York Marlies
47   Pierre Engvall LW L 22 2018 Ljungby, Sweden Maple Leafs
18   Gabriel Gagne RW R 22 2019 Sainte-Adèle, Quebec Maple Leafs
38   Colin Greening (A) LW L 33 2016 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Marlies
36   Josh Jooris RW R 28 2018 Burlington, Ontario Maple Leafs
30   Kasimir Kaskisuo G L 25 2016 Vantaa, Finland Maple Leafs
7   Timothy Liljegren D R 19 2017 Kristianstad, Sweden Maple Leafs
5   Vincent LoVerde (A) D R 30 2017 Chicago, Illinois Maple Leafs
10   Tanner MacMaster LW L 23 2019 Calgary, Alberta Marlies
20   Mason Marchment LW L 24 2016 Uxbridge, Ontario Maple Leafs
50   Eamon McAdam G L 24 2018 Perkasie, Pennsylvania Maple Leafs
16   Griffen Molino LW L 25 2018 Trenton, Michigan Marlies
53   Ryan Moore F L 22 2019 Troy, Michigan Marlies
19   Chris Mueller (A) C R 33 2017 West Seneca, New York Maple Leafs
6   Steven Oleksy D R 33 2018 Chesterfield, Michigan Maple Leafs
59   Eemeli Rasanen D R 20 2019 Joensuu, Finland Marlies
44   Kristians Rubins D L 21 2018 Riga, Latvia Marlies
8   Rasmus Sandin D L 19 2018 Uppsala, Sweden Maple Leafs
15   Tom Sestito LW L 31 2018 Rome, New York Marlies
11   Jordan Subban D R 24 2018 Toronto, Ontario Maple Leafs
41   Dmytro Timashov LW L 22 2016 Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine 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, 55 (2018–19)
Points: Tim Stapleton, 79 (2008–09)
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 January 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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