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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 Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario.

History

The Marlies trace their history back to the New Brunswick Hawks, which were founded in 1978 and jointly operated by the Chicago Black Hawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs as their farm team.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] Maple Leaf Gardens Limited (MLGL) and the Black Hawks each owned half of the franchise.[8][9][10][11] The Hawks played until 1982 when they relocated to St. Catharines, Ontario[12][13][14] as the St. Catharines Saints (1982-1986) and then to Newmarket, Ontario as the Newmarket Saints (1986-1991) prior to arriving in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.[15][16] The St. John's Maple Leafs were established in 1991, becoming 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, 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 desire of the parent Toronto Maple Leafs to reduce travel costs and have a tenant for its Ricoh Coliseum resulted in the team's relocation to Toronto for the 2005–06 season.

The team is named after the former Toronto Marlboros junior hockey team, which was 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.

Currently the major rival of the Marlies is the Rochester Americans. Formerly the now defunct Hamilton Bulldogs, located south along the Queen Elizabeth Way, were a major rival. The parent team 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.

Season-by-season results

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader AHL Record

Records as of the end of the 2016–17 season.[17]

[1]-Indicates league leading: most shootout losses

[2]-Indicates AHL record: fewest shootout losses[18]

[3]-Indicates league leading: fewest losses

[4]-Indicates league leading: fewest goals against

Players

Current roster

Updated March 22, 2018.[19][20]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
45 Finland Aaltonen, MiroMiro Aaltonen C L 24 2017 Joensuu, Finland Maple Leafs
12 Canada Baun, KyleKyle Baun RW R 25 2018 Toronto, Ontario Maple Leafs
55 Sweden Borgman, AndreasAndreas Borgman D L 22 2018 Stockholm, Sweden Maple Leafs
27 United States Bracco, JeremyJeremy Bracco RW R 21 2017 Freeport, New York Maple Leafs
14 Canada Brooks, AdamAdam Brooks C L 21 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Maple Leafs
1 Canada Buitenhuis, EvanEvan Buitenhuis G L 24 2018 Burlington, Ontario Marlies
17 Canada Clune, RichRich Clune LW L 30 2015 Toronto, Ontario Marlies
47 Sweden Engvall, PierrePierre Engvall LW L 21 2018 Ljungby, Sweden Marlies
29 United States Ferguson, BradyBrady Ferguson C L 23 2018 Lewisville, Texas Marlies
33 Canada Gauthier, FrederikFrederik Gauthier C L 22 2015 Laval, Quebec Maple Leafs
38 Canada Greening, ColinColin Greening (A) LW L 32 2016 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Maple Leafs
4 United States Holl, JustinJustin Holl D R 26 2015 Tonka Bay, Minnesota Maple Leafs
26 United States Kestner, JoshJosh Kestner F R 24 2018 Huntsville, Alabama Marlies
7 Sweden Liljegren, TimothyTimothy Liljegren D R 18 2017 Kristianstad, Sweden Maple Leafs
42 Sweden Lindgren, JesperJesper Lindgren D R 20 2018 Umea, Sweden Marlies
5 United States LoVerde, VincentVincent LoVerde (A) D R 28 2017 Chicago, Illinois Maple Leafs
20 Canada Marchment, MasonMason Marchment LW L 23 2016 Uxbridge, Ontario Maple Leafs
52 Slovakia Marincin, MartinMartin Marincin D L 26 2017 Košice, Czechoslovakia Maple Leafs
9 United States Moore, TrevorTrevor Moore C L 23 2016 Thousand Oaks, California Maple Leafs
19 United States Mueller, ChrisChris Mueller C R 32 2017 West Seneca, New York Maple Leafs
6 Canada Nielsen, AndrewAndrew Nielsen D L 21 2016 Red Deer, Alberta Maple Leafs
31 Canada Pickard, CalvinCalvin Pickard G L 25 2017 Moncton, NB Maple Leafs
21 Canada Plouffe, DerianDerian Plouffe C L 23 2018 Nepean, Ontario Marlies
37 United States Pooley, ScottScott Pooley RW R 24 2018 Granger, Indiana Marlies
48 Sweden Rosen, CalleCalle Rosen D L 24 2017 Växjö, Sweden Maple Leafs
18 United States Smith, BenBen Smith (C) RW R 29 2017 Winston-Salem, North Carolina Maple Leafs
40 United States Sparks, GarretGarret Sparks G L 24 2013 Elmhurst, Illinois Maple Leafs
41 Sweden Timashov, DmytroDmytro Timashov LW L 21 2016 Kirovograd, Ukraine Maple Leafs

Team captains

Joe Colborne, Nazem Kadri and Ryan Hamilton on the bench.

Head coaches

Toronto Marlies faceoff at home versus the Syracuse Crunch.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Leafs get new farm club in Central Hockey League". Globe and Mail. 1981-06-24. 
  2. ^ Campbell, Neil (1981-06-17). "Cincinnati may get Leaf farm team". Globe and Mail. 
  3. ^ "Leaf team to leave Moncton". Toronto Star. 1982-06-02. 
  4. ^ Houston, William (1982-02-09). "Hockey notebook Dull Sabres have pundits speculating". Globe and Mail. 
  5. ^ "Sports roundup". Globe and Mail. 1978-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Sports roundup". Globe and Mail. 1978-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Leafs, Hawks to Moncton". Toronto Star. 1978-06-20. 
  8. ^ Houston, William (1982-03-31). "'Everything has price,' Ballard says; it's $50 million for Leafs. Gardens". Globe and Mail. 
  9. ^ "Ballard wants Leafs to have own farm club". Globe and Mail. 1980-03-21. 
  10. ^ "Across Canada: No liquor licence for Leafs-Hawks farm club". Globe and Mail. 1978-11-09. 
  11. ^ "AHL Hawks get Tessier". Globe and Mail. 1981-08-22. 
  12. ^ Kane, Mike (1982-07-24). "Red Wings return to North as AHL swells to 13 teams". Schenectady Gazette. 
  13. ^ "AHL adds three teams in expansion". Globe and Mail. 1982-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Leafs place AHL team in St. Kitts". Globe and Mail. 1982-06-22. 
  15. ^ "AHL History". Toronto Marlies. Archived from the original on 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  16. ^ Ballou, Bill (2013-04-04). "AHL: Bracken Kearns easy Worcester Sharks MVP choice". Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  17. ^ Hockeydb.com, Toronto Marlies season statistics and records.
  18. ^ "AHL Guide and Record Book 2015-16" (PDF). Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "Toronto Marlies roster". Toronto Marlies. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Toronto Marlies Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Toronto Marlies name a captain and official alternates". SB Nation. 3 January 2018. 

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