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.
|2019–20 AHL season|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Coca-Cola Coliseum |
Scotiabank Arena (occasional home games)
|Owner(s)||Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment|
|General manager||Laurence Gilman|
|Head coach||Sheldon Keefe|
|Media||Leafs Nation Network|
|Affiliates||Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)|
Newfoundland Growlers (ECHL)
|1978–1982||New Brunswick Hawks|
|1982–1986||St. Catharines Saints|
|1991–2005||St. John's Maple Leafs|
|Regular season titles||2 (2015–16, 2017–18)|
|Division Championships||6 (2007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18)|
|Conference Championships||2 (2012, 2018)|
|Calder Cups||1 (2018)|
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. Maple Leaf Gardens Limited (MLGL) and the Black Hawks each owned half of the franchise.
The Hawks played until 1982, when they relocated to St. Catharines, Ontario 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 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 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.
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. It was the first professional hockey title for a Toronto-based team since 1967.
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.
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.
|Calder Cup Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||League Leader||AHL Record|
Records as of the end of the 2018–19 regular season.
|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||85||.531||228||219||5th, North||2011||Did not qualify|
|2011–12||76||44||24||5||3||96||.632||217||175||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||89||.586||207||203||2nd, North||2015||L, 2–3, GR||—||—||—|
|2015–16||76||54||16||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||2||2||112||.737||254||170||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|
-Indicates league leading: most shootout losses
-Indicates AHL record: fewest shootout losses
-Indicates league leading: fewest losses
-Indicates league leading: fewest goals against
Players and personnelEdit
- 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
- 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
- First Game: October 7, 2005. Rochester Americans 8, Marlies 5
- First Home Game and First Win: October 12, 2005. Marlies 5, Syracuse Crunch 2.
- Franchise First Goal: October 7, 2005. Rochester Americans 8, Marlies 5. Goal scored by Colin Murphy
- Franchise First Shutout: December 14, 2005. Jean-Sebastien Aubin. Marlies 5, Grand Rapids Griffins 0.
- Franchise First Hat Trick: January 2, 2006. Luke Fulghum. Marlies 6, Cleveland Barons 1.
- Most goals scored in a game: 10 (twice): February 8, 2009. Marlies 10, Grand Rapids Griffins 5. February 27, 2016. Marlies 10, Rochester Americans 5.
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