Toronto vs Hamilton - Dallas Eakins

As confirmed news arrived today that Dallas Eakins is headed to Edmonton to become the new coach of the NHL’s Oilers, lets reflect back at the last year of his coaching career with the Marlies…one that defines his impact in the Toronto organization.

Almost a year to the date, in fact, the Marlies had completed what was a historical run for their franchise, as challengers to the Calder Cup in 2012. It was not only the deepest playoff run for Toronto’s AHL team, but it marked the […]

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Well, folks, it was quite a year! The Marlies went through a work stoppage, transformation of their roster, injuries, slumps, influx of youth and still provided playoff hockey for a 2nd straight year. With that said, here is the final Pre Game Meal blog tied into the 2012-2013 Marlies season.

DESSERT

While I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of them, it is certainly worth saluting the likes of Mike Zigomanis and Mike Mottau.

Mottau has amassed 300 NHL games, playing most recently with his hometown Boston Bruins, before arriving to the Leafs […]

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Toronto - Bench

 

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s game.”

The words were spoken by arguably one of the best baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth. It’s fitting that he notched his first ever career home run less than a mile from Ricoh Coliseum (don’t believe me, look it up), for members of the Marlies will all be looking to channel their inner bambino to hit another one out of the park in game six. Their season is on the line.

Having split the first two games of the series at Ricoh, […]

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Toronto vs Grand Rapids - Carter Ashton

It’s all about one game.

If you win one you still have to win another. You have to do it 15 times before you’re given the ultimate prize. But neither Toronto nor Grand Rapids have done that yet. Each of them still have to win the next game. And then the one after.

As long as there’s a game to play there remains the ability to win. And as the Marlies head into a game which holds in the balance the remainder of their season, it will be their ability to win […]

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It’s a seven game series and putting a team away for four games is no simple feat.

Those sentiments were shared by veteran defenceman Mike Komisarek following practice on Thursday, one day ahead of game four. Although he wasn’t part of the Marlies squad that fell in the finals last season, the blue liner knows the feeling all too well. As part of the 2003 Hamilton team, Komisarek advanced to the cup finals. The Bulldogs took the series the distance, but in the end they were shutout in game seven and watched […]

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When significant distance lays between opponents, the American Hockey League may switch the format of the seven game series from the accustomed 2-2-1-1-1 to a modified 2-3-2. In effect cutting out a trip by giving the lower seeded team three at home.

And that’s where we find ourselves today. Grand Rapids returns home having split the first two games in Toronto and the Griffins now have three straight on home soil ahead of them.

This however is not unfamiliar territory for the Marlies. After a long […]

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