For a long time I’d been getting this document. One of the hardest working guys in Hamilton would create it while he worked for the Bulldogs and then for years after he was let go. Dedication likely doesn’t go far enough to describe Mike Marasco. But this isn’t about him, and to be forthright, he wouldn’t love the attention.

The document that passed between us was something he called Wherearetheynow? At first the whole title ran all together because that’s how computer files had to be named. It was an immense […]

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If you’ve been watching Facebook Live we’ve been taking you on a walk to the rink some mornings when the team is on the road. What can be remarkable about seeing some of these old cities like Utica or Hartford is the slow positive changes they are making after years of steady decline. It’s sometimes hard to pinpoint a project a decision that began the change but it is always pretty easy to see the point it did change.

For the Marlies, 2016 was the most successful this Leafs development team […]

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More than a third of a way into the season the Marlies find themselves in fourth in the North division based on points and winning percentage. Although percentages won’t figure into the Eastern Conference in how things shake out its a good indicator in a league that can see a variance of more than a few games in the games played column. While fans at Ricoh are still seeing their fair share of wins with a home record of 9-4, the road has been less than charitable as the team […]

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Home through a snow storm. It seems somewhat appropriate. The Marlies road trip and past six weeks was a storm of games that saw some bright spots but has been hard to assess while in the middle of it. And they remain somewhere in it that hasn’t quite defined itself because they haven’t come out the other side. While forecasters are usually pretty good about the amount of snow that will fall there are times they are wildly off the mark. Right now the Marlies might like a brief respite to check […]

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Carl Jung was a brilliant student of the mind. He often stepped in the exact opposite steps as Sigmund Freud. In one area they didn’t quite agree was the shadow. Jung believed the shadow part of you was everything that you didn’t present in the open. Not everything in your shadow was negative, it was just not apparent.

The Marlies have been in shadow for more than a little while. They have been learning about who they are and what they need to do in order to have some success out […]

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Bridgeport, Connecticut. A sunny day, but dreary news. The player who had played 77 games in a 76 game season, the one who had scored essentially a point a game for his new team and finished in the top twenty of in league scoring was a healthy scratch. It was confounding even on a talented team like the Marlies. For the organization, they were seeking information about their young players on a crowded roster. For the player, it was the first healthy scratch he could ever remember. If he was […]

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