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It is a short week in terms of play for Toronto with only 2 games on the docket, but the club have been filling their time with hard working practices and I’m here to bring you up to speed on some Marlies munchies heading into the weekend play.

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With a goal and an assist in Toronto’s 6-0 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday, Ryan Hamilton moved to 15 goals on the season. That mark is above any other teammate at the time of this posting and is good enough to crack […]

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The Boxing Day classic played at the Air Canada Centre between the Marlies and the Bulldogs was made a success not only because of the Marlies win, but moreover the fan support. A crowd of over 18 thousand poured in the doors during the Holiday season and offered a glimpse of how great Toronto’s hockey fans are. While Hamilton that mark with their affiliate in Montreal this November, the tables were turned against them in December and the nation’s game was embraced by our province’s capital city in historical fashion. […]

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Appoaching the popular time to enjoy feasts of the season, here is the latest Pre Game Meal blog; setting you up for Marlies action as the team plays into the Christmas break.

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Following the weekend in which Keith Aucoin recorded his historical 800th point and Jussi Rynnas became the Marlies all-time shutout leader, another week of play means more milestones to achieve.

In Wednesday’s overtime loss in Cleveland, Marlies captain Ryan Hamilton became tied with Jeremy Williams atop the all-time goals scored list. Hamilton’s 10th of this season was also his […]

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It is another two game week for the Marlies, so it leaves plenty of room for munching on the latest team news!

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It could be a two milestone week for the Toronto Marlies Hockey Club. Brad Ross scored his 1st pro goal on Sunday, and it was timely vs. the Abbotsford Heat. Ross tipped in a point shot during the 3rd period that would tie the game at two goals apiece and produce a comeback for Toronto in the game. While the Calgary Flames affiliate spoiled the party, Ross still has […]

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It was a tremendously successful weekend for the Marlies, who played 3 games in 3 days. We-ll both review and preview in the latest edition of the Pre Game Meal blog, so I hope you’re hungry!

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Last week I was hoping to speak to you about career win number 126 for Dallas Eakins behind the Marlies bench, by the time the weekend was through. Sure enough, following 3 straight games, Eakins has surpassed Greg Gilbert for all-time wins by a Marlie coach in Toronto franchise history. For Eakins, however, it is […]

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The road heavy month of November is almost complete, but it allows me to bring you an interesting edition of the Pre Game Meal blog. So, let’s go!

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The best part, first. That’s how it was for our actual meals during the three game road trip through the Eastern Conference. The opening stop was in Binghamton, New York. A short cry Johnstown, which is the more accurate hometown of Marlies forward Jerry D’amigo and his family operated restaurant, Red’s Kettle Inn. Thanks to the generosity of his parents (Pete and Gina) […]

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Hello folks! Welcome to a new weekly feature on our Marlies.ca blog where I attempt to satisfy your hunger for all things Marlies.

The pre-game meal is essential to every hockey player and acts as a fundamental part of game day. It allows them to fuel up before a big game and in this case, we-ll bring it to you in written form.

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Who wouldn’t start a big dinner with the best part?  It gives us a chance to look back at the week that was for the Marlies and enjoy some […]

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The Acton name is a familiar one to Leafs fans, but perhaps new to them was the first name last season: Will. Will Acton has been blazing a new trail under that surname ever since he laced them up for his first pro season in Toronto, with the Marlies. He quickly established himself as a consistent two way player and rounded into a reliable centre on Dallas Eakins’ squad. He’s back and looking to improve on AHL season number one; that included a trip to the Calder Cup finals.

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It was his first full year in blue and white and it took him to extraordinary places. Joe Colborne was one of the hottest players out of the gate, points wise, in the AHL season of 2012-2013. He potted 19 points in his first 11 games. He also recorded his 1st NHL goal after being called up by the Leafs not long after his stellar start. When all was said and done, Colborne finished just shy of a 40 point campaign and added 8 pts in the post season, helping […]

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The spring of 2008 does not seem that long ago. It was one that saw the Kitchener Rangers host the Memorial cup in the 90th anniversary year of that CHL trophy.  The Rangers were OHL Champions, going in the front door and hoping for a chance to capture junior hockey’s most coveted prize. As fate would have it, the Rangers would make it to the final, only to lose to the Spokane Chiefs. Nazem Kadri went the distance that season with the Rangers and after a breakout year points wise, […]

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It is early July 2012 and while the weather outside is fiery hot, the MasterCard Centre makes many believe winter is still here. A prelude to Canada’s favourite season and pastime is found in the development camp for the Toronto Maple Leafs, which is an annual occurrence that showcases future Leafs competing against each other. One of the names Leafs fans will hear much more often is that of Tyler Biggs. He’s wearing number 62 for this camp and enters as a former 1st round pick of the Toronto franchise […]

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Experiencing a trip to the Western Conference finals in the American Hockey League and in historical fashion announcing the Marlies as champs set up the chance to cap an unbelievable year with a trip to the Calder Cup finals. Although finishing the 2011-2012 AHL campaign short of their goal (Calder Cup championship) the Toronto Marlies had a season like none witnessed before. Here is a look back to some memorable occasions experienced during an incredible run for Toronto hockey fans.

Way back before a puck had been dropped on the 2011-2012 […]

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The Toronto Marlies can find strength in many of the stellar numbers they have put forth this playoff run, however, it is one number that stands out..that of the penalty kill. That penalty killing number is more than a stat, it illustrates strength through unity – the penalty killing unit.

As promised, content out of round 2 would appear in this blog and when looking back on the series victory that was over Abbotsford (in 4-1 fashion) the pk results are staggering. Toronto last gave up a power play goal in […]

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As broadcasters sometimes we are guilty of re-hashing points that may have already stood out to the fans taking in our banter. As you may have guessed by the title of this blog, I intend to bring up obvious points about the Marlies first round sweep of the Rochester Americans. The difference is, this time I am giving you advanced notice and it is very worthwhile to take a look back at how Toronto moved through the conference quarter finals in historical fashion.

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The Marlies proved that the regular season […]

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Looking back on a fantastic regular season campaign during the 2011-2012 season for the Toronto Marlies, here are a list of 76 positive points (one for every game played) for the year in which the team recorded 96 in the standings.

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1. Finished as North Division Champions

2. Finished with the lowest goals against in the AHL with 175

3. Gave themselves the chance to finish first in the conference (missed by only 4 pts)

4. 44 win season most since 07-08 when that club recorded 50 (also finished 2nd in […]

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I’ve seen some pretty good magicians in my day. Many that left me shaking my head when somehow they pull off guessing a card I picked out “randomly” from the center of a deck. Not even David Copperfield could work his magic to decide a playoff opponent for the Toronto Marlies right now, however. Much like your uncle’s card tricks, you could take several guesses as to what team Toronto would face in the first round of the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs and still not get it correct. With the […]

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As the Toronto Marlies begin their stretch drive through the closing weeks of the season and into what they hope is a lengthy playoff run, it’s time to focus on the man who gets them from a to b. In the coaching world that man would be Dallas Eakins. In the travel world that man is our bus driver, Casey.

Casey started driving hockey specific trips for Great Canadian Coach lines ten years ago. As he remembers, it was a long first season, then with the Marlies arch rival: the Hamilton […]

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Home sweet home. The words ring true for the Toronto Marlies who have been road warriors this season. Aside from enjoying a stellar home record (18-6-3-1) the players who make up the Marlies are likely just grateful to have some time in their own bed. As Toronto finishes their season high ten game home stand, here’s a look back to some of the places they have been and the km’s the bus tires have burned up on the AHL highway thus far.

Toronto to Panama and back. Over twelve thousand four […]

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It was the return trip to Hamilton on January 27th that offered a true chance for reflection on what was an experience of a lifetime: being part of the 1st Canadian AHL outdoor classic game. Nearly one week prior it was a bus taking the Toronto Marlies to Ivor Wynne stadium, rather than Copps Coliseum and although the battle of Ontario in the American Hockey League never gets old, outside of a playoff series the pinnacle may have been reached on a perfect Saturday afternoon.

Growing up a small town country […]

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