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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 […]

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TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 6:  Mark Arcobello #28 of the Toronto Marlies turns up ice against the Manitoba Moose during AHL game action on December 6, 2015 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

TORONTO, ON – DECEMBER 6: Mark Arcobello #28 of the Toronto Marlies turns up ice against the Manitoba Moose during AHL game action on December 6, 2015 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

When Mark Arcobello arrived to the Marlies it was a Sunday in Albany NY. The team was set the play the Devils and were going to need to find a way to beat a stingy team in a less than enthusiastic atmosphere. It was a pretty good recipe for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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If you’re listening in on the financial world or run in government circles the new fear is blockchains. These computer super get-togethers between a lot of people unknown to each other use open group trust in small bites to forge a larger societal trust. Online currencies are the harbingers in this field. The idea is it keeps everyone honest and makes the need for large overseers like banks and governments obsolete as everyone in the blockchain makes sure everyone else is keeping it on the up and up.

Goaltending is the […]

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Finishing up the month of October and starting off November the Toronto Marlies have found out some things about themselves and like many other AHL teams it leads to more questions.  Young players finding out what it is like to be a professional, treating the game as a full time job not just a dream is hard work. It isn’t good enough anymore to simply be talented. Skill can get you through almost any league until this one.

This past weekend the Grand Rapids Griffins rolled into Ricoh with only one […]

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It turns out that having the depth the Marlies currently enjoy isn’t exactly the ‘nice problem to have’ you might think it to be. Sheldon Keefe has had to make some tough decisions regarding how to best get players in the lineup while figuring out who can fit best with whom. In a state of frenzy there are some tense fans ready to explode as they are finding out that number one draft picks and top players all took a seat at different times this weekend.

It is far easier when […]

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The Marlies measured up against the Albany Devils twice this past weekend  and for many of these young players they found out that the AHL is league to be respected or it will punish you. The first forty minutes of the weekend saw a host of veterans let these rookie players know that wearing the big boy pants isn’t as simple as just pulling them on and showing up.

Corey Tropp (148 NHL games) was the first punch thrown as he battled hard out front with Marlies captain Andrew Campbell. It […]

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“With the Marlies we’ve had a great atmosphere and had winning teams the years I’ve been here…” that was Sam Carrick answering a question about a more positive mood at the Marlies that might have been trickling down with the changes in the organization. The history of the matter is that the Marlies have been erupting with that positive atmosphere since they went to the Calder Cup final four season ago. This season the Marlies have a very different team than those previous ones but expectations from fans and the […]

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The Toronto Marlies had a team all along. They were waiting back at the Mastercard Centre while the Maple Leafs made decisions. This group, the one that came to Newfoundland to play three pre-season games against the Ice Caps, was never going to comprise even a quarter of that team.

“No one is going to be able to say after this that they didn’t get a fair look.” said Leafs Assistant GM Kyle Dubas. He was right. These were three games that gave the Ice Caps all they could handle from […]

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Solar Bears Head Coach Anthony Noreen gets a preseason game behind the bench with the Marlies

Ardent Marlies fans will be forgiven for going owl this preseason. A whole lot of ‘who’ might be heard around your house. The Maple Leafs have decided to keep a lot of the bodies that will inhabit the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto as the Marlies came east for three games. While a lot of head scratching might be taking place from Leafs only followers, the method is reasonable.

There are already enough people who wonder why a league like this one needs a preseason anyway. Outside of the kinks that get […]

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With a good portion of what will constitute the Toronto Marlies still practicing with the big club the first day of training camp could easily have been a pretty small group of well-intentioned players. However, with the single affiliation in Orlando the organization had a real opportunity to to see what kind of depth they will rely upon throughout this season from the ECHL.

It was a day that started with medicals and ended with a scrimmage. Some of the names didn’t see the first hour of practice were familiar once scrimmage started. Josh […]

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Media Day is always an education in the interest people have in the Maple Leafs. It is overwhelming the first time you experience it from either side of the camera, microphone, or pencil. This year’s edition was a more than what they expected for a few more players than normal.

As the door slid down on the truck and the equipment maestros adjusted to their suits for the charter flight to Halifax where training camp would open the word came to them that some unpacking would have to be done. A […]

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There is a simple solution to rampant raccoon growth and morning neighbourhood traffic snarls. Garbage pick up and school starting times can be moved ahead to past nine and ten o’clock. Leaving garbage out at night for early morning pick up makes little sense to the homeowner devising ways to keep food waste out of the hands of the masked munchers. Those often stopping lumbering trucks and school buses also make for creative tight street driving solutions that pockmark cities each day.

As the Rookie Tournament fades away this year one […]

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When Darrell Huff wrote his timeless book How To Lie with Statistics he targeted the folks in advertising and business negotiations who played fast and loose with math. He explained how tricky it is to follow the numbers and how most, if not all, of us get tripped up regularly by nuances in crunching.

The Toronto Marlies have hired a new coach whose numbers simply cannot be confused in any fashion. 54 wins last season with his Sault St Marie Greyhounds. In case you don’t follow Junior hockey closely that number […]

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Back when there wasn’t hardly an Internet and Leafs prospect Lonny Bohonos  was in the league’s top ten in scoring, there was an Empire Division. It was not named after the apple (created in Cornell, NY) or the Romans. (though the Marlies will see plenty of Syracuse and Utica, and pass Rome and Troy in their travels next year) It was so named because New York’s nickname is the Empire State. You might know this because they built a building around this theme somewhere downstate. The Marlies will join this […]

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