Come Watch Hockey With Us!

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 09 2013 10:12AM

Do you like the Toronto Maple Leafs? Do you like hanging out with people? Do you like free food? If you answered no to all three of these questions, you're either being a jerk, or the rest of this post isn't for you.

If you said YES to all three of these ideas, or at least one or two of them with enough strength to overwhelm the ones that you don't, I have an invitation to drop off to somebody who reads this: 

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The Dynamic (Extra Man) Duo

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 08 2013 11:37AM

The Toronto Marlies started out rather well this weekend, with a pair of wins (4-3 on Saturday, 5-1 on Sunday). Lots of reasons can be given for their success, be it Drew MacIntyre's stellar performances between the pipes, Trevor Smith's early leadership, or the strong penalty kill. But most glowing were a pair of offensive defencemen, who were united on the first powerplay unit (which, despite going 'just' 3 for 16, was littered with shots and scoring chances). John Michael Liles was expected to dominate. T.J. Brennan showed preseason promise. Together, they were the catalysts of a surprisingly potent offense to begin the year.  

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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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