The Acton name is a familiar one to Leafs fans, but perhaps new to them was the first name last season: Will. Will Acton has been blazing a new trail under that surname ever since he laced them up for his first pro season in Toronto, with the Marlies. He quickly established himself as a consistent two way player and rounded into a reliable centre on Dallas Eakins’ squad. He’s back and looking to improve on AHL season number one; that included a trip to the Calder Cup finals.

Bringing the ...

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It was his first full year in blue and white and it took him to extraordinary places. Joe Colborne was one of the hottest players out of the gate, points wise, in the AHL season of 2012-2013. He potted 19 points in his first 11 games. He also recorded his 1st NHL goal after being called up by the Leafs not long after his stellar start. When all was said and done, Colborne finished just shy of a 40 point campaign and added 8 pts in the post season, helping ...

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The spring of 2008 does not seem that long ago. It was one that saw the Kitchener Rangers host the Memorial cup in the 90th anniversary year of that CHL trophy.  The Rangers were OHL Champions, going in the front door and hoping for a chance to capture junior hockey’s most coveted prize. As fate would have it, the Rangers would make it to the final, only to lose to the Spokane Chiefs. Nazem Kadri went the distance that season with the Rangers and after a breakout year points wise, ...

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Marlies Host

We sat huddled in an office for hours.

I’m not kidding. Imagine four adults clustered around one monitor, pouring over 28 video submissions, making notes on each. I sat closer to my colleagues than I’d like to admit.

It’s not an easy task to narrow down the search and draw closer to choosing the Marlies next host. We watched many of the applications again, some even a third time. Unfortunately, though, this was not a search for the Marlies next team of hosts, or collective hosting group.

After the powers-at-be studied pitch and ...

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Toronto v Florida - Matt Frattin

We’ve narrowed down all of your entries to the top-ten. Vote on your favourite using the Marlies.ca poll on the homepage until Friday, when the leading entry will be chosen.

I’ve got the itch.

I remember this feeling. Following my first year, in which the team had failed to make the post-season, it set in by early May. It was nearly five months of scratching.

Now after experiencing one of the AHL’s two longest 2011/12 campaigns, and subsequent recovery, I’m getting the itch to be back. Back to early mornings at the rink, ...

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I call it the social revolution.

Myspace helped it; Facebook secured it; and Twitter has continued to evolve it.

I remember when the @TorontoMarlies account had just a few hundred followers. A year ago the Twitter stream had a little more than 5,000. Today the Marlies launched their Instagram account announcing it to 18,625 tweeps. Times are definitely changing.

It was decided that the initial search for a new Marlies in-game host would be conducted almost completely through social means by introducing the #MarliesHost hashtag for entrants to include in a tweet when ...

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