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Gord Dineen

The Toronto Maple Leafs have promoted Gord Dineen to Head Coach of the Toronto Marlies. Along with the appointment of Dineen, Derek King has been promoted to associate coach. David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that Gord Dineen has been named head coach of the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. Dineen becomes the fifth head coach in Marlies franchise history. Along with the appointment of Dineen, Derek King has been promoted to associate coach. Dineen, 51, had previously served as an assistant coach with the Marlies for the past five seasons. Over that span, Dineen...

A great run comes to an end. Game Highlights: Texas Stars 6 vs. Toronto Marlies 2 Steve Spott Post Game Press Conference - The Toronto Marlies get set to take on the Texas Stars at 8:30 p.m. For a team with anywhere from 12-15 entry level contracts making up the team roster, many had the young Toronto Marlies' season labeled as one that would be a learning year and one without much hope for playoff success. Here are the Marlies looking down a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals and in with a shot to go to the Calder Cup Finals—their 2nd in...

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Game Highlights - Toronto 3 vs. Texas 1 Steve Spott Post Game Press Conference

Texas Stars 2 vs. Toronto Marlies 1 - Highlights Steve Spott Post Game Press Conference

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It was a must win for the Toronto Marlies, and the urgency and desperation was visible from puck drop. A much-needed tone-setting shift off the opening faceoff by Trevor Smith, Carter Ashton and Sam Carrick got the ball rolling for the Marlies in this one, as a hard forecheck followed by a cycle and penalty draw led to the first of three consecutive Spencer Abbott powerplay goals. On the ensuing powerplay, Abbott, stationed on the point, wristed one past Nilstorp with Josh Leivo playing screen, marking the 11th straight playoff game in which the Marlies have opened the scoring and Abbott's...

“Attack” and “desperation” were Steve Spott’s buzzwords last night, directed toward the Marlie forward group in particular, after the Marlies fell behind in a series for the first time in these playoffs following a 3-2 defeat to Texas in Game 3. “Our 12 forwards have not found the level of desperation their 12 forwards have.” “We don’t have enough forwards onboard right now getting the job done with puck possession and offensive zone time. We need more offensive zone time from our forwards.” “We cannot turn over pucks in the neutral zone. We have to get pucks deep and hunt people down...

The Toronto Marlies are looking to get back to playing better hockey after two games in which they were soundly outshot and outplayed, but relied on opportunistic goal scoring and fantastic goaltending from Drew MacIntyre. In Games 1 and 2, the Marlies were pulled away from playing their game and spent a lot of time in between the dots loosely defending the neutral zone and home plate areas, as opposed to forcing battles to the boards, where they excel. Getting back to basic hockey and executing simple plays with better accuracy; including making sure there is ample support for the...

TORONTO - After a big 5-1 win on Friday against the Texas Stars, the Toronto Marlies knew they had to improve on their 50-shots-against performance in game #2 on Monday night or else risk dropping their first game of the 2014 post season. The first period started well for Toronto. After a Texas turnover inside the Marlies blueline in a 4-on-4 situation, Jerry D'Amigo picked up the puck and went barrelling down the ice and snapped a quick wrist shot over the glove of Christopher Nilstorp for his fourth of the post-season and a 1-0 Marlie lead. The first period in...

The Toronto Marlies rode Drew MacIntyre and some opportunistic scoring to a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Final opener on Friday. It was a big win to grab no matter how perfectly it was executed, as the Stars hadn't lost at home in the playoffs before the Marlies' handed them a somewhat deceiving 5-1 defeat. Playing more of their north-south game through neutral ice and generating offensive zone time on the cycle at even strength will have been a focus for Steve Spott's team going into game two. "There wasn't a whole lot to like in terms of structure. We...

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Drew MacIntyre stood on his head and was the story in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Full game review here. Steve Spott Game 1 Post Game:

Drew’s the Glue: Heavily out-shot but not out-done, Marlies fly high in Texas TORONTO - On Friday night, the Toronto Marlies began their series with against the West’s best Texas Stars. The Stars and Marlies split the season series at 2-2 this season and all four games were great match ups. The Marlies entered Friday’s game with an impressive 7-0 record in the post-season, haven’t trailed for a second in those 7 games, and were looking to continue those impressive streaks. In the first period, Texas put pressure on fast and furious early but it was the Marlies who would again find...

TORONTO - On Friday night, the Toronto Marlies will continue their quest for the 2014 Calder Cup as they drop the puck in game #1 of the Western Conference Final against the Texas Stars (8:30 p.m. EST start in Texas). The Marlies are an impressive 7-0 in the playoffs heading into Friday's matchup, but things are about to get serious. While the Milwaukee Admirals and the Chicago Wolves weren't supposed to be 'easy' opponents, the Marlies made quick work of both. Toronto swept Milwaukee in three games and the Wolves in four, but it would be a shock if the...

Former Bruins GM Harry Sinden had a great quote on being a GM in the book Behind the Moves: “I think the bottom line is pretty simple: who can play and who can’t play. That’s the bottom line. That is the fundamental job of the GM. Most GMs, if they didn’t have to make that call, could do it, because administratively, it’s . There is a little more involvement because you have to play how you’re going to filed the team, make such things as a salary cap work, but that’s just mechanics. You read the CBA once and...

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Steve Spott speaks with Todd Crocker before heading out West.

The Toronto Marlies will face the Western Conference regular season champions Texas Stars in round 3 of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. Division champs and winners of seven straight to start the playoffs, the Marlies have already surpassed expectations. Can they keep it rolling en route to a Western Conference championship?

Back and forth game leaves Wolves grasping for their playoff lives TORONTO - On Wednesday night, the Toronto Marlies returned home for just their second home playoff game this post-season, game #3 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals versus the Chicago Wolves. Toronto only played one home game in the opening round, defeating the Milwaukee Admirals to complete the three-game sweep. The Marlies have been dominant in the first two games of the series, taking 3-0 leads in the first period of both games one & two.  On Wednesday, the Marlies were looking to move one step closer to reaching the Western...

Going home on a high note — Marlies hold off late Wolves surge, head home with 2-0 series lead TORONTO - On Saturday night the Toronto Marlies looked to once again make quick work of the Chicago Wolves in game #2 of the Western Conference Semi Final. Toronto defeated the Wolves by a score of 5-2 in the opening matchup on Friday night and also welcomed back Peter Holland and Spencer Abbott to the lineup. Abbott recorded two points (2A) while Holland chipped in with three points (1G 2A). In the first period the Marlies got on the board quick....

Toronto Marlies open round two with a bang versus Chicago TORONTO - On Friday night the Toronto Marlies and the Chicago Wolves kicked off their round two Calder Cup matchup in Chicago. Toronto, coming off a long layoff after their 3-0 sweep over the Milwaukee Admirals, were looking to make sure that the Wolves bark was louder than their bite. Friday was also the first post-season game for both Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland. Abbott had been sidelined with an upper body injury since the beginning of April, while Holland missed the last few games of the regular season with a minor injury. In...

TORONTO - Bags are unpacked, skates are sharpened and jerseys have been hung.  Tonight, the Toronto Marlies open their 7 game 2nd round series against the Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues).  Much like the Milwaukee Admirals were in round 1, the Wolves will be another challenge for a very dynamic Marlies squad.   TORONTO NOTES: Powerplay: Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland are back and are both fully healthy.  At the team's practice on Thursday, they joined Carter Ashton to re-form the team's top line.  Abbott finished the season with 69 points in 64 games and was a key component...

TORONTO - On Wednesday morning, the Toronto Marlies took to the ice at Ricoh Coliseum as they prepare to head to Chicago on Thursday for their 2nd round matchup against the Wolves.  Here's what you need to know: Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland were cleared for contact and traded their red non-contact uniforms for white ones.  Abbott, who's been out since March 31st with an upper body injury, looked great on the ice. Abbott and Holland were re-united with Carter Ashton to form the team's top line Towards the end of practice, Steve Spott had the 5 on 3 and 5...