Trevor Smith Starts Strong, Earns Call Up

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 07 2013 08:32PM

The season is underway for the Toronto Marlies, who look like a much different team from the last two seasons. There's a new coach. There's a new captain. There's an almost entirely new roster. Even Ricoh Coliseum has fancy new lights, boards, glass, goal lamps, and photos everywhere. For all intents and purposes, the only thing that connects the back to back North Division champions to this years roster is probably the team logo. This weekend was an interesting one to get a feel for the new dynamic.

Needless to say, Smith wanted to make a big first impression this weekend. With five points in two games, it's safe to say he's making the impact that he wants to. 

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Marlies Win 5-1 Over Lake Erie

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 06 2013 05:34PM

Watching today's game, I'm brought back to 2011/12. The Toronto Marlies opened thier season with one of the most repetative Octobers that professional hockey has ever seen. Most apparent? Five games against the Lake Erie Monsters. In a month. It formed enough hate that now-Avs grinder Patrick Bordeleau decided that his anger was best placed on Matt Lashoff's knees. Thankfully for the sake of the fans, teams, and body parts, the two teams don't see each other again for another month.

Today featured both teams in a bit of a tired state. Lineups stayed similar to to previous games for both teams, and each was on a consecutive night. Toronto of course won their home opener in the same building yesterday; Lake Erie came in for their third straight game after playing a pair against the Abbotsford Heat in Cleveland on Friday and Saturday. Both teams even ran with yesterday's goaltenders, so it became a battle of skill rather than energy. The end result? The Marlies improved to 2-0-0 with a 5-1 win. 

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Marlies Win Season Opener

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 05 2013 05:25PM


On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, the Toronto Maple Leafs prepared for their home opener at the Air Canada Centre. But a cab ride away, a similarly sized group of players who hope to take their place dropped the puck on their 2013/14 season. The Toronto Marlies opened things up against the defending Calder Cup Champions, the Grand Rapid Griffins. This was the very same team that eliminated them last year.

But what's the definition of them? There's a new coach in Steve Spott. There's a new team captain in Trevor Smith. In fact, only four skaters, both goalies, and the assistant coaches were involved in both elimination night and today's game. The Griffins were quite similar; a fresh start for both, if you will. So today's game was relatively normal in comparison to the storyline.

The end result? The opposite of last year's conclusion, a come from behind victory for the home team, as the Marlies won 4-3 in overtime. 

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Trevor Smith Named Marlies Captain

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 04 2013 11:13AM

Since arriving in the city in 2005-06, the Toronto Marlies have been fortunate to have stability in their captaincy, at least compared to most minor league teams. Marc Moro was the first and served for three years, before quitting professional hockey. Ben Ondrus did the same before heading to the Edmonton Oilers organization. Alex Foster followed, with a pair of seasons in Europe, and Ryan Hamilton followed in Ondrus' footsteps in the sense that he wore the C for three before heading to Oil Country.

With Hamilton's departure, the spot was up for grabs this year. With the season underway tomorrow afternoon, the team publically made their decision, naming Trevor Smith as the 5th captain in team history. 

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John-Michael Liles Taking Demotion In Stride

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 03 2013 01:23PM

John Michael Liles finds himself starting the year on the Toronto Marlies. Though nobody will come out and say it, its seems more than likely that he is a casualty of the salary cap, and that the assignment isn't indicative of his on-ice ability. Most players would take the knock down to the American Hockey League as devastating, but, with a combination of situational awareness and a positive attitude, Liles is taking things in stride. 

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