CHL fails miserably in attempt to make tournament tough enough to stop Mitch Marner

Jeff Veillette
May 20 2016 09:17PM

As the debate rages as to whether or not Mitch Marner should play with the Toronto Maple Leafs next year or head back to the London Knights, the Canadian Hockey League has done their best to make a case for themselves. While CHL officials insist that this tournament has been around for countless decades and that London's inclusion this year was merit-based and part of the natural process, it seems rather fishy that a special "Memorial Cup" be hosted in Red Deer, Alberta at such a convenient time.

Clearly, this 'Tournament of Champions' was an attempt to give Marner some tougher opponents and make him realize he's not ready to jump to the pros yet.

It has not worked.

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Marlies lose Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals to Hershey

Jeff Veillette
May 20 2016 07:58PM

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Tonight was certainly not how the Toronto Marlies wanted to start their series against the Hershey Bears. For the second time in these playoffs, the powerhouse favourites in blue and white dropped the first game of their series, this time by a 3-1 result at the GIANT Centre.

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MGD Game 1: Blue and White Chocolate

Jeff Veillette
May 20 2016 10:55AM

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Two down, two to go. The Toronto Marlies head back on the ice tonight against the Hershey Bears. Together, they open up the Eastern Conference Finals, though only one of them can move on to the battle for the big prize. Like any series, though, you have to take things one game at a time, and that's what the two sides will be doing tonight as they try to get a head start on each other.

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Knowing when a Ship has sailed

Jeff Veillette
May 19 2016 04:23PM

His name is Vadim Shipachyov. Or Shipachov. Or Shipachev. It depends on who you ask; Nikolay "Nikolai Kulemin" Kulyomin can attest to this. Anyway, Shipachyov is a Russian centre who, like projected #2 pick Patrik Laine, has North America in a tizzy thanks to his stellar showing at the World Championships so far. In eight games, he has an absurd 16 points, which leads all players in every participating countries.

He's a great player. But there are limits to that statement, limits which we passed this afternoon.

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Series Preview: Toronto Marlies vs. Hershey Bears

Jeff Veillette
May 19 2016 12:45PM

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This house is a circus, berserk as... hey, the Toronto Marlies are in the Eastern Conference Finals! It took some rough and often dirty games against Albany and a lot of self-restraint to get there, but they did. Now that they've guaranteed that they won't be second "super team" to get eliminated early, the blue and white will take their talents to Hershey, Pennsylvania to take on the Bears, who are the definition of an AHL landmark.

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