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The Toronto Marlies enter the 2018-19 season as the defending Calder Cup champions after capturing their first title in franchise history.

A new General Manager in Laurence Gilman has taken over the reins from now-Leafs GM Kyle Dubas, who left the Marlies organization in a fantastic place for his successor. Over the past five years, the Marlies have evolved into the premiere American Hockey League franchise, from their world-class training and practice facilities, to their player development and sports science departments, to their diet & nutrition and mental wellness staffs. The foundation for continued success and sustained title contention is in place provided Leafs management can continue to supply the Marlies with a steady flow of quality young talent to nurture inside the best development league in the world.

As is always the case at the AHL level, there has been turnover entering a new season, although there is continuity both within the veteran leadership group — former captain Ben Smith has moved on, but Colin Greening, Chris Mueller, Rich Clune and Vincente LoVerde have returned to make up the backbone of the veteran core — as well as in the coaching staff led by head coach Sheldon Keefe. That should help sustain the winning culture that has been established within the organization as it looks to further the development of young talent such as Timothy Liljegren, Rasmus Sandin, Carl Grundstrom, Jeremy Bracco, Pierre Engvall, Dmytro Timashov and others, with the ultimate goal of turning prospects into quality NHL players for the big club.

Below you will find Toronto Marlies news, opinion and analysis from the writing staff at Maple Leafs Hotstove. Check back here throughout the season for previews, post-games, weekly roundups, playoff coverage and much more. For the 2018-19 Toronto Marlies schedule, see here.

Toronto Marlies vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Adam Brooks plays OT hero as Toronto Marlies grind out win in Bridgeport

The Toronto Marlies recorded their 20th road win of the season with a performance built on a tight-checking defensive game in Bridgeport on Wednesday night. Facing a Bridgeport Sound Tigers team that had won seven...
Rasmus Sandin of the Toronto Marlies

Chris Mueller extends goal streak to eight games, Rasmus Sandin records three points as...

The Toronto Marlies bounced back from a last-second defeat the previous evening to finish their three-in-three weekend on a high in Wilkes Barre on Sunday. After the Marlies took four of a possible six points...
Kasimir Kaskisuo of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies suffer last-second defeat in Lehigh

The Toronto Marlies left the PPL Center frustrated as they let a third-period lead slip and were undone by a dubious late call from the officials on Saturday. First Period The opening frame was dominated by...
Toronto Marlies defeat Hershey Bears

Toronto Marlies begin 3-in-3 weekend with overtime victory in Hershey

With just two regulation losses in their last 25 games and boasting a 20-10-1 home record, the Hershey Bears provided a big test for a depleted Toronto Marlies lineup on Friday night. With some help...
Jeremy Bracco of the Toronto Marlies

Jeremy Bracco: Toronto Marlies’ leading scorer excelling in sophomore season

Sheldon Keefe knew last summer. During the celebration on the ice following the Game 7 Calder Cup victory, Toronto’s head coach pulled rookie Jeremy Bracco to the side in what might prove to be a...
Toronto Marlies vs. Belleville Senators

Injuries continue to pile up as Toronto Marlies drop second in a row with...

Playing their second game inside 24 hours, the Toronto Marlies simply ran out of gas as they fell to defeat at the hands of the Belleville Senators on Monday. Already down to the bare bones...
Toronto Marlies vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Toronto Marlies’ winning streak ends at three games with home shootout loss to Bridgeport

The Toronto Marlies were left frustrated by the dropped point as they slipped to a shootout defeat to Bridgeport at the Coca Cola Coliseum on Sunday. The Marlies produced some of their best hockey of...
Toronto Marlies vs, Laval Rocket

Michael Hutchinson’s 42-save shutout propels Toronto Marlies to victory in Laval

Michael Hutchinson turned in the best performance of his short Toronto career by posting 42 saves to steal a vital two points and extend the Marlies' winning streak to three games versus Laval on...
Rasmus Sandin, Toronto Maple Leafs

Rasmus Sandin plays overtime hero as Toronto Marlies win in Laval

Matchups against Laval Rocket have proven to be drab affairs this season with the Montreal AHL affiliate's focus on defensive structure. On this occasion, the Toronto Marlies were able to capitalize on their limited scoring...
2018-19 Toronto Marlies Season

2018-19 Toronto Marlies: A look at the roster ahead of the final stretch run

With 18 games remaining on their schedule, the Toronto Marlies' magic number to secure playoff qualification sits at 31 points. The North Division has rarely been so competitive in recent seasons, with eight points currently...
Toronto Marlies vs. Cleveland Monsters

Toronto Marlies withstand late push by Cleveland to claim regulation win

They had to cling on in the third period, but the Toronto Marlies collected two points from their only game this weekend. In truth, it was a disappointing performance from Toronto on home ice against...
Nicholas Baptiste of the Toronto Marlies

Late strike from Manitoba sends Toronto Marlies to regulation defeat

The Toronto Marlies produced yet another disappointing performance against one of the lesser lights in the AHL as they slipped to defeat on home ice to the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday night. A late goal...
Toronto Marlies vs. Syracuse Crunch

Toronto Marlies extend points streak to five games with overtime victory over Syracuse

For the second game in as many nights, the Toronto Marlies and Syracuse needed overtime to decide a result. The Marlies prevailed this time as both teams took three points from the weekend back-to-back set. First...
Toronto Marlies vs. Syracuse Crunch

Toronto Marlies’ winning streak halted by overtime loss in Syracuse

The Toronto Marlies were shut out but managed to grab a loser point in a 1-0 overtime loss on the road in Syracuse on Friday night. Remarkably, this was the third time this season that...
Pierre Engvall of the Toronto Marlies

Michael Carcone scores twice as Toronto Marlies earn school day game win over Manitoba

The Toronto Marlies recorded a third straight win on Wednesday afternoon with a more convincing victory than the final scoreline might suggest. With a 4-3 win over Manitoba, the Marlies are now 6-2-2-0 in the month...
Calle Rosen of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies mount unlikely third-period comeback to down Syracuse Crunch

The Toronto Marlies have struggled mightily when trailing this season, but they somehow found a way to erase a two-goal third-period deficit against one of the league’s best teams to secure a crucial 5-3...
Toronto Marlies vs. Springfield Thunderbirds

Toronto Marlies snap three-game losing streak with victory in Springfield

The Toronto Marlies ended their three-game road trip on a high with a 3-1 win in Springfield on Saturday. Against a team that was also struggling for results of late -- Springfield had lost seven...
Toronto Marlies vs. Providence Bruins

Toronto Marlies slip to third straight defeat on road in Providence

The task facing the Toronto Marlies was a daunting one. Providence Bruins entered this encounter with an impressive 16-3-3 home record having not lost at home in regulation since mid-November, including seven wins in their...
Toronto Marlies' Calle Rosen

Toronto Marlies slip to late defeat despite outplaying Hartford

The Toronto Marlies entered this game without the services of valued veterans Chris Mueller and Colin Greening, but they really should have picked up two points after outplaying Hartford for long stretches of the...
Toronto Marlies vs. Belleville Senators

Toronto Marlies suffer overtime reverse to Belleville after surrendering late third-period lead

“They’re coming in on the back of a 3-on-3 and we just let them have their way with us.” Those were the post-game words from a visibly frustrated Jeremy Bracco after the Belleville Senators once...

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