Colin Smith is in another league. And literally he is from most of this group. 20 goals last year at the AHL level. Not exactly rookie camp material but the Marlies coaching staff like his work and wanted to make sure others saw the talented Centre too. If you didn’t catch him with Marlies last season, you might have been surprised by his OT GWG in Game 1 vs Ottawa. If you saw him when he came over from San Antonio (Colorado) you’re smiling quietly to yourself as you knew he was […]
‘Todd Crocker’s Blog’ Posts
The West will have to be won without the Marlies input this season. Last year Toronto played 16 out of conference games (more than double any other team) including 4 games against the eventual Calder Cup champion Lake Erie Monsters (Columbus). Despite taking 6 of 8 points against the nowly named Cleveland club, and only losing one other out of conference game, the schedule makers aren’t cross conference fans. Also missing is what had developed into a terrific rivalry, the Grand Rapids Griffins (Red Wings) but things have to give […]
Anger is a sign of weakness in the Inuit culture. It is born out of the fact that it is a hinderance to survival which is the ultimate success test. Anger robs you of focus, it robs you of energy, it distracts you from your true goals. In the far north it’s plain to see why anger can’t exist in abundance.
The summer of woulda, coulda, shoulda has started for teams that didn’t hoist a Cup but thought they would. This includes the Toronto Marlies. The dominant way they presided over […]
By Todd Crocker, Posted on April 9, 2016
Back when the tiny plastic bricks every kid has played with since they started taking over toy stores in 1958 we’re still in their infancy, it was a pretty good bet only a select few could sense their impending success. Ole Kirk Christiansen the inventor of the simple little building system is thought to have believed they would never have replaced wooden toys. But there were many observers including his son who saw the tremendous possibilities in the connecting of many bricks into anything you wanted to make.
The Maple Leafs […]
The usually reliable road warriors, the Toronto Marlies had a couple of late game losses, OT in Providence and last minute in Albany but took 3 out of a possible 6 points as they end their last significant road trip until the playoffs start. They are the only team in the single digits right now for their magic number. Here’s a look at some sights on the road that rolled through some old school AHL towns.
In Utica for the last time this year, the Marlies had a tough night that saw them down the road with a rare thing, getting shutout. Hasn’t happened this year to the high powered offence but, they regroup two hours up the road in Rochester in the second of a three in three weekend. Competition gets tougher as teams are jockeying for position and trying to reach the Calder Cup playoffs. And the assault on the AHL record of 28 road wins in a season took a slight hit with only 8 […]
Over the next ten days the Marlies spend their last significant time on the road this regular season. Yes, there are other trips but this next stretch is more than just a night to Cleveland or a weekend in upstate New York. They will travel to familiar spots like Utica and Rochester but also find themselves in places they haven’t been in a long while, Providence and Portland. The team will finish it up with a visit to the always challenging downtown rink in Albany. Over this time they will […]
It was pretty clear that the fans at AHL Homecoming or what is commonly referred to as the All-Star Game in Syracuse were very interested in the happenings out west in the new cities that have given the AHL a big hug. There were many questions being toss around by the folks who are always trying to complete a list of visited venues. What are the buildings like? What are the cities like? Should you fly in to one and then drive from San Diego to San Jose or the […]
If you were a kid of a certain age and you were injured it was a pretty good bet that you were asked if you were bleeding. That was the departure point of where things became serious. Bleeding. If you were bleeding you had to go inside and see someone about it. When you emerged with iodine and and a bandage there was some playground respect and then all was forgotten. These are the kids who became adults that do not understand today’s injuries.
These people are the ones you hear […]
In construction there are a few types of foundations that work when creating a building. The Strip, The Pad and The Raft are all fairly common depending on what kind of soil you’ll be building on and what kind of structure you’re looking to erect. However, the strongest foundation is generally The Pile foundation where deep holes are driven into the earth and filled with concrete, then the structure is put on top of these piles.
In the AHL, foundations can be hard to come by. These are the third and […]
It will be a rematch between the Toronto Marlies and St. John’s IceCaps today at 3pm as both teams face off at Ricoh Coliseum on LeafsTV.
Yesterday, the Marlies and IceCaps faced off at Air Canada Centre for the Marlies annual Boxing Day Classic where the Marlies defeated the IceCaps 5-2. Rinat Valiev registered his second multi-point game of the season, assisting on both Marlies goals in the second. TJ Brennan had an assist and leads all AHL defencemen with 27 points through 30 games this season. Scott Harrington recorded his […]
Scrambling down I-90 once again, the Marlies are on their way home and then off to all parts of the globe for a few days of rest, relaxation and enjoyment. Well earned after what has seemed like a series of never ending travel days. Three weeks of three games in three nights and then a week of three games in four nights. If you were making a schedule to undo a team, that was it. Blame the Hamilton Bulldogs for moving and making the Marlies a geographic island four hours […]
Achievement Unlocked. William Nylander is leading the best pro development league in the world in scoring. Last year, shortly after the World Junior event that captivated Toronto and Montreal it was clear that the young Swede was ready to level up. With encouraging words from his pals like Viktor Loov, he arrived to the Marlies and the AHL ready to challenge himself. He proved he could score immediately and finished the campaign with 32 points in 37 games putting himself sixth on the Marlies in scoring, in […]
After being the first Marlies goaltender to record back to back shutouts since Jussi Rynnas did it separated by an off season back in the 2012 season, Jonathan Bernier was heading into a week of practice leading the AHL in a non-trackable category, smiling. He wasn’t just buckling up and buttercupping his way back to some confidence, he was bought in and busting it at practice. Any good teacher can tell you pretty easily when someone is listening, and REALLY listening. Bernier, besides the grin, was all ears and engaged with the […]
The November to remember might not mean much if there isn’t a Spring run for fun. But, in the spirit of living in the moment, here are some thoughts about a month of Marlies hockey that garnered some tremendous results both on and off the ice.
Mark Arcobello joined the team on the first game of the month and immediately made his presence known in Albany scoring the game tying goal and the game winner.
28 also had the game winner by scoring the first goal en route to Garret Sparks shoutout […]
Winning can be dangerous. The Marlies have lived that phrase this season. It would be easy to chalk up the W’s and never look back but that isn’t the job for Sheldon Keefe. He is tasked with producing players who can and will play the organization’s chosen system. Each night they have flashes of complete dominance with that system and this talent. The last fifteen minutes of the 9-8 OT victory in St. John’s were a prime example. To be fair the Ice Caps and Marlies both traded learners in […]