Mitchell Marner

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Mitchell Marner
Mitchell Marner - London Knights.JPG
Born (1997-05-05) May 5, 1997 (age 21)
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 4th overall, 2015
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2016–present

Mitchell Marner (born May 5, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Marner was born in Markham, Ontario[1] and grew up in Thornhill. He was selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Minor[edit]

While Marner was growing up, he began developing his on ice skills with 3 Zones Hockey School.[2] Marner played his entire minor career in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). He played in the 2011–12 season with the Vaughan Kings and went on to win a GTHL title.[3]

For the 2012–13 season, Marner transitioned to the Don Mills Flyers of the GTHL where he played his minor midget year, registering 86 points in 55 games.[4] He finished second in scoring in the GTHL behind Dylan Strome (who was then playing with the Toronto Marlboros). At the end of his season with the Flyers, he was immediately invited to join the St. Michael's Buzzers of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League, where he went on to win a championship.

During his minor midget season, Marner was initially unsure of his plans for the following season. He received a scholarship offer from the University of Michigan, while also being drafted by the London Knights in the first round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, 19th overall.[5]

Major junior[edit]

Despite receiving a scholarship offer from the University of Michigan, Marner elected to sign with the London Knights, who selected him with their first round pick in the 2013 Priority Selection.[6]

Marner had a strong rookie season with the Knights, registering 59 points in 64 games and was the runner up for the OHL rookie of the year, behind Travis Konecny.

Marner lifts the Memorial Cup over his head after the London Knights win the 2016 Memorial Cup.

During the 2014–15 OHL season, Marner played superbly alongside line mate Max Domi. As the season progressed, Marner was consistently included as one of the top prospects in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, being listed as a definite top ten pick, if not top five. He would lead the league in scoring for most of the season until Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters recorded six points in the final game of the season, knocking Marner down to second. As reward for his outstanding sophomore season, he was named to the OHL First All-Star team and awarded the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the OHL's highest scoring right wing player.[7] Marner would end up being selected fourth overall by the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

On July 28, 2015, the Leafs signed Marner to a three-year entry level contract.[8]

On October 1, 2015, Marner was named as co-captain of the Knights along with teammate, Christian Dvorak. Marner played most of the season at right wing on a line with Dvorak and Matthew Tkachuk. The trio was a dominant force and the Knights ended the regular season as the highest scoring team in the OHL. Marner himself finished the regular season second in league scoring with 116 points in 57 games and was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's most outstanding player of the year.[9]

Marner played an important role during the Knights' 2016 playoff run, resulting in the team winning the OHL Championship. Marner led the playoffs in scoring and with 44 points in 18 games, was awarded the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the playoff MVP.[10]

Marner helped lead the Knights in winning the 2016 Memorial Cup. He won both the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy and the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as tournament MVP and leading scorer.[11]

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

2016–17[edit]

After an impressive training camp and pre-season (in which he led the team with four assists), it was announced that Marner would remain on the Maple Leafs roster for the upcoming 2016–17 season.[12] He made his NHL debut in the team's season opener on October 12. Despite an effective first game, he was overshadowed by a historic four-goal debut from teammate Auston Matthews. The next game, Marner would score his first NHL goal.[13][14] Marner would pick up his first career assist four days later.[15]

Marner with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

On October 27, 2016, in a game against the Florida Panthers, Marner had his first multi-point game, accumulating 3 assists to lead the Leafs to a 3–2 win.[16]

Marner would then have his first multi-goal game against the Buffalo Sabres on November 3, 2016 and the Leafs defeated the Sabres 2–1.[17]

On November 15, 2016, Marner had 3 points in a 6–2 win over the Nashville Predators,[18] which, at the time, tied him in the lead for Leafs' leading scorer (with James van Riemsdyk) for the first time of his career.

Marner also set the Maple Leafs record for most assists in a season by a rookie with 42 on the year. This broke the previous record which was held for 73 years by Gus Bodnar who had 40 assists in the 1943–44 season.[19][20] Marner spent the entire season on a line with van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak, finding offensive chemistry with the two veterans, and managed to finish the year with 61 points.[21] His play assisted the team in qualifying for the post-season. Marner picked up four points in the series but it was not enough as the team lost in six games against the top seeded Washington Capitals.

2017–18[edit]

On December 19, 2017, during the Toronto Maple Leafs' Next Century Game, Marner broke a 15 game goal drought and scored a 4 point game, the first time in his career.[22] He scored one goal and three assists to help defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 8–1. On February 10, 2018, Marner scored his first 5 point game (2 goals, 3 assists) becoming the first Leafs player to record five points in a game since Tomáš Kaberle in 2009.[23] Marner ended the regular season leading the Leafs in assists and points,[24] and setting career highs in goals, assists, and points.[25] His offensive play helped the Leafs to their second consecutive Stanley Cup playoffs appearance. During the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, Marner became the first Leafs player since Brian Leetch to have a 5 game point streak in the post season.[26]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 Germany/France

Marner made his international debut for Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where he won a gold medal. He tied Mathew Barzal for the leading scorer from Canada at the tournament.

At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Helsinki, Marner and Dylan Strome each scored four goals and 2 assists in 5 games to lead the Canadian team in scoring.[27] Canada reached the quarterfinals, but was eliminated by the host Finland. Marner scored twice in the game, both times to bring Canada back to an even score, but it wasn't enough to overcome the eventual gold medalists.[28]

Marner made his senior team debut at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, where team Canada won silver.[29] Scoring 12 points in 10 games, Marner was placed in the top 10 in scoring and was only second to Nathan MacKinnon in team scoring.

Personal life[edit]

Marner was born in Markham, Ontario and spent the majority of his life in the neighbourhood of Thornhill. His parents are Paul and Bonnie Marner, and he has an older brother, Christopher, who is four years older.[30] The Marners consider themselves an animal family; they currently own two pets, a cat named Burbank and a chocolate Labrador, Winston.[31]

Marner attended Hill Academy, a private school focused on athletics, located in Vaughan.[5] He would later go to Blyth Academy.[31] At Blyth, Marner partnered with Knights teammates Christian Dvorak and Owen MacDonald to establish a café known as MOD Feast, with MOD being an acronym for each creators names (Marner, Owen and Dvorak).[31] The group offered "bagels and stuff", with Fridays being designated to serving pizza.[31]

Growing up, Marner was a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team that eventually drafted him. He was also a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks due to the presence of his two favourite players, Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane.[32] Alongside hockey, Marner has listed his favourite movie as Step Brothers, his favourite television show as The Big Bang Theory, and cited his favourite video games as the Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty series'.[32]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Don Mills Flyers GTHL 55 41 45 86 34
2012–13 St. Michael's Buzzers OJHL 6 1 3 4 0 14 3 1 4 0
2013–14 London Knights OHL 64 13 46 59 24 9 3 6 9 4
2014–15 London Knights OHL 63 44 82 126 53 7 9 7 16 8
2015–16 London Knights OHL 57 39 77 116 68 18 16 28 44 8
2016–17 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 19 42 61 38 6 1 3 4 0
2017–18 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 22 47 69 26 7 2 7 9 4
NHL totals 159 41 89 130 64 13 3 10 13 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Canada Ontario U17 5th 5 6 3 9 2
2014 Canada IH18 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 2 5 7 6
2016 Canada WJC 6th 5 4 2 6 4
2017 Canada WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 10 4 8 12 8
Junior totals 15 12 10 22 12
Senior totals 10 4 8 12 8

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year Ref
OHL
Second All-Rookie Team 2014 [33]
OHL All-Star 2015, 2016
First All-Star Team 2015, 2016 [34]
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy 2015 [35]
Red Tilson Trophy 2016 [36]
Robertson Cup Champion 2016 [37]
Wayne Gretzky 99 Award 2016 [38]
CHL
CHL Top Prospects Game 2015
CHL Player of the Year 2016
Memorial Cup champion 2016
Memorial Cup All-Star team 2016
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy 2016
Ed Chynoweth Trophy 2016
NHL
Rookie of the Month January 2017 [39]
NHL All-Rookie Team 2017 [40]

References[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
William Nylander
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
2015
Succeeded by
Auston Matthews