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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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For the first two games of the 12 game series with the IceCaps this year they had the very suspicious look of the same kinds of games from last season. That should prove entertaining for fans in both cities.

Tha Marlies fell in the first game 4-1 with their lone goal coming from Kasperi Kapanen whose weekend had just started to get going. That tie the game at one apiece with further play into the second looking almost cautious. The Marlies hit a season low two shots on goal in the […]

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He didn’t know he tied it.

He did know he broke it

Antoine Bibeau has had a Halloween bag full of treat this month. The last sweet moment came with the AHL honouring him with the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month. Watching it unfold was truly a period by period experience. Each time the calm strength that the Marlies netminder came into play it seemed to spring a new fountain of confidence in both himself and his teammates.

His two shutouts were unlike each other. In one his team played solidly in front […]

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Starting the weekend on Thursday is usually a good thing. As the Marlies wheeled down the I-90 to Rochester with three games in front of them optimism followed them closely. Two openers at home with two wins and more importantly improvement in both. Friday night brought some surprises.

Brooks Laich joined the Marlies for his first game in the AHL since winning a Calder Cup with the Hershey Bears in 2006. He came flying out for the pre-game skate a drove a solid pace for Toronto. Kasperi Kapanen knocked […]

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Change can be good but as the Marlies opened their regular season with a lineup that hadn’t yet played together in a game they found that familiarity with scoring didn’t change at all.

Twenty times last season the Marlies scored 5 or more goals in a game. They started with two five goal games this weekend to see if that total can be surpassed.

The chitter chatter around players in their second and third years of development is always about dominating play. This is the time the expectation […]

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The ampersand besides being a mondegreen (a word whose mispronunciation becomes the accepted use of the word)  denotes the connection of two items that share a similar relationship. This & That, To & Fro, In & Out are all good candidates of the one time last letter of the alphabet.

The two Toronto’s have never been more connected than they are right now. They combined this past year to further the ultimate goal of making the big club better. Competition for spots are intense and hard choices had to […]

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After five days and three games in Newfoundland versus the St. John’s Ice Caps here’s what the results are:

Three wins and the Colemans Cup

Mason Marchment will get a chance to start the season with the Marlies. He picked up a goal this past weekend and stood out in the rookie tournament. His story is a great one we’ll tell along the way. With the resources available in player development his ceiling his high.

William Wrenn, the former Texas Stars d-man and second round pick of the San […]

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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 […]

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The equipment getting loaded out from Ricoh

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bus home from Albany 6 hours

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.

Pretty clear where this is, Hello Maine.

Fans of the blue and white go everywhere, […]

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On approach to Logan International in Boston

The Marlies made their way to New England first stopping in Boston to practice at the Historic Matthews Arena at Northeastern University.

Two hours ahead at Pearson for the Marlies as they look to board their Air Canada flight to Boston.

Rinat Valiev waiting for his zone to be called.

Getting to the rink for some lunch and skate on the warmest day of the year so far

First look at the Historic Matthews Arena

Eating the Box lunch out the back door.

Watching the Huskies of Northeastern skate, Justin […]

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The road is rarely straight and even when it is there are some bumps along the way. That was the case this weekend for the Marlies.

A river run through Rochester and the rink is right within casting distance

There’s been some success in Rochester and the banners are there to prove it.

The old rinks have tight confines

Justin Holl and Brett Findlay get warm on the hallway bikes

New Marlies goaltender Alex Stalock works on puck movement before his first start

Rinat Valiev and Strength Coach Richard Rotenberg […]

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Road Pass

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 […]

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The first step before most road trips down I-90 this season has been to practice first and then get on the road. This is the Marlies life in pictures as they got on the road to Utica for their game on Friday.

Casey is the Marlies transportation coach AKA bus driver

Tom Burns loads the dollies with equipment bags

Rinat Valiev making sure he has everything he needs

All the sticks for two games into one bag

The equipment getting loaded out from Ricoh

Brad Lynn, Director of Hockey Ops, going […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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