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Toronto Marlies
250px-Toronto Marlies.svg
City: Toronto, Ontario
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: North Division
Founded: 2005
Home Arena: Ricoh Coliseum
Colours: Blue, white

         

Owner(s): Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
General Manager: Dave Nonis
Head Coach: Dallas Eakins
Media: Rogers TV
Toronto Star
Toronto Sun
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Affiliates: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Reading Royals (ECHL)
Franchise history
1982–1986: St. Catharines Saints
1986–1991: Newmarket Saints
1991–2005: St. John's Maple Leafs
2005–present: Toronto Marlies
Championships
Division Championships: 2 (2007–08, 2011–12)
Conference Championships: 1 (2011–12)
Calder Cups: none

The Toronto Marlies are a Canadian professional ice hockey team currently playing in the American Hockey League (AHL). The top affiliate of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Toronto Maple Leafs, the Marlies play at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario. The Marlies are the only AHL team that currently plays in the same city as its NHL affiliate.

Official Toronto Marlies Website: http://www.torontomarlies.com

HistoryEdit

The AHL had a strong presence in Atlantic Canada in the 1980s and 1990s, but by 2004, the St. John's Maple Leafs were the only remaining team in the region. Although the team was extremely popular and had excellent attendance, the desire of the parent Toronto Maple Leafs to reduce travel costs and have a tenant for its Ricoh Coliseum resulted in the team's relocation to Toronto for the 2005–06 season. Previous minor league and junior ventures in Toronto had not met with success, and there was a general feeling that Toronto fans were only interested in the NHL and not any other levels of hockey. With the Marlies as the Leafs top affiliate, it was felt that this obstacle could be overcome. Attendance, however, of barely 2,800 for the Marlies first home playoff game in April 2006 again raised questions about the viability of a second pro hockey franchise in Toronto.

The team is named after the former Toronto Marlboros junior hockey team, but the abbreviated "Marlies" name was chosen to avoid any potential association with the similarly named cigarette brand.

Their major rivals are the Hamilton Bulldogs, located down Queen Elizabeth Way. The Maple Leafs also have a rivalry with that team's parent club, the Montreal Canadiens.

This market was previously served by:

Season-by-Season resultsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Season Games WonLostOTLSOLPoints Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
2005–06 804129 6 4 922702634th, North
2006–07 803439 2 5 752202706th, North
2007–08 805021 3 6 1092462031st, North
2008–09 803929 5 7 902402294th, North
2009–10 803335 6 6 781932615th, North
2010–11 803732 110 852282195th, North
2011–12 764424 5 3 962171751st, North

PlayoffsEdit

Season1st Round2nd Round3rd RoundFinals
2005–06 L, 1–4, Grand Rapids
2006–07 Out of playoffs.
2007–08 W, 4–3, San Antonio W, 4-3 Syracuse L, 1-4 Chicago
2008–09 L, 2–4, Manitoba
2009–10 Out of playoffs.
2010–11 Out of playoffs.
2011–12 W, 3–0, Rochester W, 4-1, AbbotsfordW, 4-1, Oklahoma City0-4, Norfolk

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