The Toronto Maple Leafs rookie tournament kicks off today in London, Ontario at Budweiser Gardens. The Leafs rookies take to the ice tonight at 7pm in their first game of the tournament against the Chicago Blackhawks rookie team. Toronto Marlies head coach Steve Spott will be behind the bench along with assistant coaches Derek King and Gord Dineen.

Puck drop is at 7pm. Catch all of the action live on RogersTV (Channel 368 SD, 369 HD on Rogers Digital Cable across Ontario).

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The annual Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Camp was held in mid July and the future of the organization was on full display.

There are some in the group that will make the jump to the AHL next season and perhaps one or two that will even hit NHL ice very soon. There are also a crop to keep an eye on, as they work closer to a spot pro’s and mature their game, along the way.

Of the 34 players invited to camp, here are a few to pencil into your notebooks […]

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Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

The AHL is a development league. Turnover is expected and often happens on a year to year basis. The Marlies, a recent exception, have done a great job keeping a core group of players over the past three seasons. That group have played a big part in not only attaining success at the farm team level, but have also aided in translating that success to the Maple Leafs and NHL levels.  That said, change is inevitable.

Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

With so many Marlies turned Maple Leafs last season and some players getting opportunities […]

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When the Toronto Marlies introduced Steve Spott as the new head coach of the hockey team this July, it not only symbolized  a replacement for Dallas Eakins, but a changing of the guard in terms of roster formation. The team is getting younger. New talent will be moved in and groomed. A new path will be forged and Spott enters at perhaps the perfect time.

Spott offers plenty of connections to our great city. He is a Toronto native that played in the Leafs farm system when they had an […]

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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.


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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