Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends (and all my Canadian ones who feel like celebrating twice).

This evening I hope you enjoy plenty of turkey, a second helping of stuffing and a full serving of Marlies hockey as the team is in Binghamton, New York, to take on the Senators in the first of four matches against the Senators.

With only two home games in the calendar month – the lowest since returning to Toronto in 2005/06 – the Marlies are back on the road for the first of ...

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Hello folks! Welcome to a new weekly feature on our Marlies.ca blog where I attempt to satisfy your hunger for all things Marlies.

The pre-game meal is essential to every hockey player and acts as a fundamental part of game day. It allows them to fuel up before a big game and in this case, we-ll bring it to you in written form.

DESSERT

Who wouldn’t start a big dinner with the best part?  It gives us a chance to look back at the week that was for the Marlies and enjoy some ...

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Toronto vs Hamilton - EA Sports

This has got to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen. And most brilliant.

EA Sports has decided to do a weekly AHL Sim of the Week, the most recent was everyone’s favourite AHL rivalry; Hamilton vs Toronto. And I’d like to start out by saying this that even the computers know that Toronto would beat their provincial adversary.

The game took place at Copps Coliseum in front of what appears to be a sellout crowd (not too different than the Bulldog’s impressive attendance numbers this season). Opening the ...

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I remember going through the prospective roster ahead of the season.

I counted in my head how many of the players could be top-notch point producers at the AHL level. I think we all did that. Ryan Hamilton, Greg Scott and Carter Ashton all scored upwards of 20 goals last season; Mike Zigomanis and Nazem Kadri were both close to doing the same. Matt Frattin produced at a point-per-game pace during the playoffs, and both Nicolas Deschamps and Jerry D’Amigo put up double-digit figures in the post-season.

Add to that ...

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The world of sports is an ocean full of great stories.

Matt Frattin goes down with an unfortunate injury the secure the advancement to the Calder Cup Finals for his team, doesn’t play again for nearly six months and then scores a pair of goals in his return. With all the focus once again turning on the offensive output of Nazem Kadri, the talented forward silences his critics with 10 points in four games. Paul Ranger takes a leave from the game for almost three years, returns as part ...

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In my five seasons covering the Marlies, I don’t think I have ever seen anything that came close to today’s game versus Hamilton.

And don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some crazy things in my time.

There was the running over of James Reimer and subsequent four goal third period to lead the Marlies past the Senators in November 2009. I also remember a nutty third period against the Grand Rapids Griffins, one that saw more penalty minutes in the final ten minutes than some teams see in a month.

But ...

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