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NHL Rookie Tournament - Korbinian Holzer

Hard work pays off.

Now I know what you’re thinking, and no, I didn’t just make that up. Those words have proven true for long before even I was born.

If you were sitting beside me as I work away on this latest post, your eyes couldn’t help but catch sight of the large display of sports DVDs sitting on my shelf. The collection spans fictional movies with Hollywood A-listers cast in lead roles, an assortment of based-on-true stories – again with Hollywood A-listers cast in lead roles, as well as a ...

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Toronto Marlies - Matt Finn and Connor Brown

The basis of almost every great movie is friendship.

Think of it: Marty McFly and Doc Brown in Back to the Future; Buzz and Woody in Toy Story; Stanley Ipkiss and Milo in The Mask; The Fantastic Four; the whole clan in The Goonies – I could go at this for hours.

When asked to write short stories in elementary school, I always cast my best friends in leading roles. All of us drove around in Dodge Vipers and solved cottage mysteries (listen, I never said they were any good). The idea ...

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Saginaw v London - Ryan Rupert

As much as boys compete, brothers would far rather fight together.

I’m the oldest of three sons. All of us played hockey but never together. In fact the hardest I’ve ever been hit was by my brother. He caught me crossing centre ice with my head down. Let’s just say he won that round; I had to be helped to the dressing room.

He brags about it to this day.

If this hockey off-season could be recounted in a single phrase, ‘oh brother’ would likely do the trick. Jordan Staal joins brother Eric ...

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Referees - Marcus Vinnerborg

The American Hockey League is pleased to announce video review.

Hold off on the bronx cheer.

Although the wheels had been in motion for some time to include the advanced puck surveillance in AHL arenas, certainly the publicity garnered from the now infamous inability to rewind game three’s overtime winner in the Calder Cup finals helped solidify the league’s fast forward thinking.

If you are blessed with shortness of memory, the Marlies were plummeted into a 3-0 series deficit after a fluke goal scored by Norfolk defenceman Mike Kostka. A puck sent into ...

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Toronto v Hamilton - Scott

So the doctor walks into the examination room with a concerned look on his face and says “I’ve got good news, and I’ve got bad news; which should I start with?”

The Good News:

The Toronto Marlies announced their five and a half secured home dates for the upcoming 2012/13 season.

Five and a half, you say?

For the second straight season the Marlies will invade Air Canada Centre ice for their annual Boxing Day game. It’s not technically at home, but Ricoh regulars don’t exactly have to travel all that far – and ...

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OHL Greyhounds v Knights - Ryan Rupert

It’s the biggest ten days for hockey outside of the season’s boundaries.

This is for all of you spending more time between morning coffee and lunch break reading hockey blogs than answering emails. All the ones counting on the volume of news over this short summer frenzy to quench your thirst ahead of July’s shortage. All those just like me.

It’s an off-season marathon of sorts. In the tinkerings of my little mind it acts as a sort of mental fitness testing; clearly of an unconventional means. If I’m able to keep ...

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2012 NHL Entry Draft - Morgan Rielly

I always enjoyed A Christmas Carol.

Through the course of the night Scrooge is taken once to see what he was, once to look upon what he is, and one more time to peek in on what he will become.

Now, to be fair, I’ve only seen Mickey’s Christmas Carol with Jiminy Cricket and Scrooge McDuck; I assume the two are along the same premise.

As night falls on the final day of the draft, the Maple Leafs leave Pittsburgh with six new prospects and James van Riemsdyk (who saw that coming). Of ...

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2011 NHL Entry Draft - Brian Burke

I was told a funny story the other night about time capsules.

Enamoured with the idea of uncovering forgotten treasures at a future time, a younger version of a close friend teamed up with a neighbour to begin burying pieces of their life. As the story goes one capsule turned into three; which turned into seven; which then evolved into more than a dozen.

One weekend of fervour resulted in holes all over the backyard, each with its own piece of the day buried in the earth.

This process is not unlike the ...

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Juraj Mikus & Jay Rosehill

It’s been noted 1,800 of the world’s 10,000 bird species are long-distance migrants.

Apparently the ratio of hockey players flying away isn’t much different. The week has been filled with news of American Hockey Leaguers leaving for a spattering of European teams and leagues.

Born Europeans get a chance to play closer to home, to family and to speak a familiar tongue. Let’s not forget the draw of the Nuremburger on the McDonalds menu. For those born on this side of the big A, the financial benefits can be incredibly lucrative (and ...

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Steeltown Showdown

A line of 175 people draws attention in even the most usual places on the most usual of days.

Now dress them in maroon and white jerseys in midday heat reaching well into the seventies. At this point both my empathy and intrigue go through the roof.

I’ll lay this out at the beginning; no, there was not an ice-cream truck fronting the group.

Hockey tickets went on sale Monday in Hershey, PA, for an event which is designed to take place in far cooler outdoor temperatures. The fourth year of the AHL’s ...

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Dallas Eakins

The American Hockey League is a funny spot for a coach.

Thursday’s news of Lake Erie bench boss David Quinn moving on up to join NHL affiliate Colorado as an assistant makes the Monsters the ninth team to change head coaches in the off-season. That is also before taking into consideration the movement of Norfolk coach Jon Cooper, who faces the very real possibility of a completely new roster come fall as Tampa officially announced an affiliation change away from the reigning Calder Cup champions.

So ...

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Ricoh

This one’s just a quickie, guys.

You remember that amusing hide-and-go-seek book that our parents bought us for long car rides to keep us quiet? You know, the one with the tall skinny man with glasses and the striped hat. Yeah, well we’re creating our own version of it.

We’ve been having so much fun at the rink through the playoffs, we thought we’d bring it outdoors. And so, with that grand notion cooked up in the digital offices at Leafs TV, we bring you “Where’s ...

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Marlies Bench

Anyone can read a stat sheet.

Living in Toronto has taught me that much.

Likewise I have also learned that anyone can tell the time, but only few can fix a watch.

I always found it interesting that goals and assists were both worth one point on the stats sheet. Don’t get me wrong, it did me wonders when playing hockey. I could put up three points in a game on secondary assists alone. Though when analyzing a team’s success – especially as they venture further down the playoff road – a goal ...

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Marlies Heat Scrum

When a club is absolutely terrible while either up or down a man, is it really fair to refer to it as a ‘special’ team?

In one playoff game during the 2008 Western Conference Finals, the Marlies allowed four powerplay goals against. Not that special at all.

During that 2008 glory run the penalty kill limped along at a 77.3% kill rate. The powerplay didn’t help much, converting on only 11.4% of the chances. It is now a little more apparent why it took the full 14 ...

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Greg Scott

Like you, I’ve spent a good number of hours pouring over statistics.

I’m talking every digit you could imagine.

From rookie season goal totals to penalty minutes in major junior. I’ve allowed my eyes to peruse plus/minus ratings in the playoffs and average ice time during NHL stints. I’ve compared face-off stats, penalty kill rates and goals scored while four-on-four.

One digit I cannot find ranked in a column, however, is that of chemistry. It’s an unquantifiable bond that propels lines to heights greater than ...

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_GAP7209

As we head into the Marlies opening game of the second round of Calder Cup playoff action against the Abbotsford Heat, I thought it was a good time to play a little game called ‘When’s the Last Time.’

It’s pretty simple, actually. I will rhetorically ask a question starting with ‘when’s the last time…’ and then post the answer. There’s really nothing to it. And since – much like a grade 11 math textbook – the answer is provided for your reading pleasure, it means all of ...

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Bags

Would you look at that. Just look at it.

Season number seven is coming to a close.

It didn’t hit me until sometime between my third and fourth coffee this morning. An early trip to Pearson to see the team off as they depart for Abbotsford on their final regular season road trip had my mind silently reviewing the year as my eyes inspected their lids on the ride back.

Two-hundred and eight thousand fans. Two hundred and thirteen goals for. Seventy-four games and forty-four ...

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GAP_2164

What do the playoffs mean to you?

Having grown up only able to attend a single Leafs game, I was never able to witness a victory (or loss for that matter) live during their runs to the conference finals and semi-finals through the 90’s and the season’s prior to the lockout.

From a Marlies perspective, the club last made the post-season in 2009 – my first year following the club – where as the division’s bottom seed they played first-placed Manitoba, a series they’d lose in ...

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@AliciaMakeItUp

Highlight of the Night: Wilson Sprung

 

Top Tweets:

@trhasan :: at Ricoh Collesium seeing the @TorontoMarlies play the Bulldogs to celebrate my 22nd birthday. #letsgomarlies

@AgeWorX :: What a beat down delivered by orr…best fight i have seen all season

@Swainer13 :: I think it’s going to get scrappy here in the 3rd. Tempers are boiling over. #letsgomarlies

@Jonzey17 :: Gotta pick it up here boys! Didnt drive all this way for a loss! #letsgomarlies

@pbradone7nine :: Out of the sin bin and into the highlight reel! Wilson makes a beauty out of a beast.#Marlies make ...

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@Jdubz28

Highlight of the Night : Scott’s Snipe

 

Top Tweets:

@AmandaYu19 :: Wow, the @TorontoMarlies sure are off to a quick start with the 1-0 lead! #letsgoMarlies

@desmondrose3 :: Watching the #Marlies game, Kadri looks great, year in the minors looks to be working wonders for him #TMLtalk

@MarliesSpartan :: the flood gates are WIDE open. #Marlies up 3-0. #letsgomarlies

@ANight92 :: Rosehill/Orr – Wilson and Acton on the same line together…..I predict a penalty filled game #Marlies

@NotoriousSez :: The Bruise Brothers! Orr and Roadkill.

@JE_Iannicello :: Fitzgerald was holding onto Orr’s leg in turtle mode. I ...

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