|2014–15 AHL season|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Ricoh Coliseum|
Dark Blue, Slate Blue, White
|Owner(s)||Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment|
|Head coach||Gord Dineen|
|Affiliates||Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)
|1978–1982||New Brunswick Hawks|
|1982–1986||St. Catharines Saints|
|1991–2005||St. John's Maple Leafs|
|Division Championships||4 (2007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14)|
|Conference Championships||1 (2011–12)|
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.
The Marlies trace their history back to the New Brunswick Hawks, which were founded in 1978 and jointly operated by the Chicago Black Hawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs as their farm team. Maple Leaf Gardens Limited (MLGL) and the Black Hawks each owned half of the franchise. The Hawks played until 1982 when they relocated to St. Catharines, Ontario as the St. Catharines Saints (1982-1986) and then to Newmarket, Ontario as the Newmarket Saints (1986-1991) prior to arriving in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The St. John's Maple Leafs were established in 1991, becoming the first professional ice hockey team in Newfoundland and Labrador. The team played their home games at the Memorial Stadium until 2001, when they moved to the Mile One Centre.
The AHL had a strong presence in Atlantic Canada in the 1980s and 1990s, but by 2004, St. John's 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[by whom?] that Toronto fans[examples needed] were only interested in the NHL and not any other levels of hockey. With the Marlies as the Leafs top affiliate, it was felt[by whom?] that this obstacle could be overcome. Attendance of barely 2,800 for the Marlies first home playoff game in April 2006 again raised questions[by whom?] about the viability of a second pro hockey franchise in Toronto. However recent years, including being one of the teams with the highest average attendance in the 2012 and 2013 playoffs (consistently near capacity) have quelled that feeling.
Their major rivals are the Rochester Americans and the Hamilton Bulldogs, located south along the Queen Elizabeth Way. The Maple Leafs also have a rivalry with the Bulldog's parent club, the Montreal Canadiens.
This market was previously served by:
- Toronto Roadrunners (2003–04)
|Calder Cup Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||League Leader|
Records as of May 16, 2014.
|2005–06||80||41||29||6||4||92||.575||270||263||4th, North||2006||L, 1–4, GR||—||—||—|
|2006–07||80||34||39||2||5||75||.469||220||270||6th, North||2007||Out of playoffs|
|2007–08||80||50||21||3||6||109||.581||246||203||1st, North||2008||W, 4–3, SA||W, 4-3 SYR||L, 1-4 CHI||—|
|2008–09||80||39||29||5||7||90||.563||240||229||4th, North||2009||L, 2–4, MTB||—||—||—|
|2009–10||80||33||35||6||6||78||.488||193||261||5th, North||2010||Out of playoffs|
|2010–11||80||37||32||1||10||85||.531||228||219||5th, North||2011||Out of playoffs|
|2011–12||76||44||24||5||3||96||.632||217||175||1st, North||2012||W, 3–0, RCH||W, 4-1, ABB||W, 4-1, OKC||L, 0-4, NOR|
|2012–13||76||43||23||3||7||96||.632||237||199||1st, North||2013||W, 3-0, RCH||L, 2-4, GR||—||—|
|2013–14||76||45||25||2||4||96||.632||223||202||1st, North||2014||W, 3-0, MIL||W, 4-0, CHI||L, 3-4, TEX||—|
|Totals||708||366||257||33||52||817||.587||2074||2021||6 Playoff Appearances|
- Marc Moro 2005–2007
- Ben Ondrus 2007–2010
- Alex Foster 2010–11
- Ryan Hamilton 2011–2013
- Trevor Smith 2013–present
- Goals: John Pohl, 36 (2005–06)
- Assists: Spencer Abbott, 52 (2013–14)
- Points: Tim Stapleton, 79 (2008–09)
- Penalty Minutes: Andre Deveaux, 216 (2009–10)
- Point Streak: Spencer Abbott, 13 (Oct. 6, 2013 - Nov. 16, 2013)
- GAA: Ben Scrivens, 2.04 (2011–12)
- SV%: Ben Scrivens, .926 (2011–12)
- Wins: Drew MacIntyre, 29 (2013-14)
- Shutouts: Justin Pogge (2007–08), Ben Scrivens (2011–12), 4
- Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender
- Career Goals: Ryan Hamilton, 94
- Career Assists: Mike Zigomanis, 116
- Career Points: Kris Newbury, 168
- Career Penalty Minutes: Kris Newbury, 475
- Career Goaltending Wins: Justin Pogge, 71
- Career Shutouts: Jussi Rynnas, Ben Scrivens, 8
- Career Games: Alex Foster, 312
Franchise records and firsts
- First Game: October 7, 2005. Rochester Americans 8, Marlies 5
- First Home Game and First Win: October 12, 2005. Marlies 5, Syracuse Crunch 2.
- Franchise First Goal: October 7, 2005. Rochester Americans 8, Marlies 5. Goal scored by Colin Murphy
- Franchise First Shutout: December 14, 2005. Jean-Sebastien Aubin. Marlies 5, Grand Rapids Griffins 0.
- Franchise First Hat Trick: January 2, 2006. Luke Fulghum. Marlies 6, Cleveland Barons 1.
- Most goals scored in a game: February 8, 2009. 10. Marlies 10, Grand Rapids Griffins 5.
- Paul Maurice — 2005–2006
- Greg Gilbert — 2006–2009
- Dallas Eakins — 2009–2013
- Steve Spott — 2013–2014
- Gord Dineen - 2014-present
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