Marlies Win In ACC Appearance

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 17 2014 08:28PM

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It's really cool when the Toronto Marlies play at the Air Canada Centre. The entire building is pretty full, I'm still recovering from eating tons of seafood two days before, Team Canada is a good side subject, and the Hamilton Bulldogs always put up a good...

This isn't the "Boxing Day Classic", is it? I haven't seen my extended family in a while. The upper bowl is tarped off. Nobody on Team Canada is under 20..

This year, the Marlies decided that it would be a good idea to have two games here instead of one. It's a little weird, but I can appreciate it. It keeps the ice in use during the Olympics, gives more guys an opportunity to to play in the building they hope to make it to permanently, and boosts attendance (even with no upper bowl, they sold 3000 more tickets than a Ricoh sellout). It's easier to get to the rink, and it's a cheap way for families to bring their kids where the Leafs way on.. Family Day! Most of all, it was a successful night out for the blue and white, beating the Texas Stars by a score of 4-1.

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Marlies Fall 2-1 to Utica

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 16 2014 07:31PM

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After a close exhibition match against Farjestad BK, it was time for the Toronto Marlies to kick off the part of their weekend that involves actual points on the standings. With a key few names back in the lineup, things were looking bright for the blue and white as they took on the Utica Comets, affiliates of the Vancouver Canucks. The result, however, was not what they were looking for, as a last minute goal gave Toronto a 2-1 loss.

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SOCHI UPDATE: Praise Be To The Phil

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 16 2014 09:08AM

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We skipped over yesterday's USA-Russia game, for two reasons. One, I overslept and missed it. Two, everybody was screaming T.J. Oshie's name and trying to talk about the Leafs players would have just been like trying to yell for undivided attention in a downtown Tokyo intersection.

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Marlies Win Over Farjestad

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 15 2014 04:07PM

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Today, the Toronto Marlies took an idea from their Exhibition Place neighbours, Toronto FC. Like the MLS, the AHL went for the "one all star team against a well known European club" approach to their good-play-rewarding festivities, and like TFC did with Serie A squad AS Roma this summer, the Marlies told the SHL's Farjestads BK that they wanted a crack at them too. It made plenty of sense, after all; Farjestads gets a bit of media attention, and had to stop in Toronto to fly back home anyway, so why not have a game before hand?

Many were hoping for this game to be an indicator of the quality of the two leagues. To an extent, we got to see some of the skill both sides provided, but it looked like both teams wanted to stay fresh and avoid injury. Combine this with the fact that Toronto rested several key players (they play 'real' games tomorrow and Monday), and it made this game really feel like the exhibition that it was. It was still a fun afternoon out, and one that went in favour of the home team, who skated away with 4-3 overtime victory.

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Happy Valentines Day!

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 14 2014 09:03AM

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Happy Valentines Day! Whether you're spending it with a special someone, complaining about it on a special Facebook status, or preparing for a special Chocolate Clearance Sale, it's still another day with potential adventure, a bunch of hockey games (this time of the Olympic Brand!), and the last hurrah before the weekend.

In any event. If you've been anywhere near Tumblr, or have befriended people who frequent the site, you'd know that there's a special valentines day trend going around. I'm talking about the "low-budget" style jpg cards, complete with comic sans, cheesy messages, and poorly cut out photos. I figured we'd mix the Leafs into this mess, and made a few of my own. If you'd like to take a crack at it, I left you a template at the top.

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