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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 Texas Stars

Toronto Marlies let opportunity slip as the Texas Stars force Game 7 with a...

“We let an opportunity get away from us tonight.” Those were the post-game words of Sheldon Keefe after the Toronto Marlies failed to clinch the Calder Cup despite dominating the opening 25 minutes of play. Avoidable...
Carl Grundstrom of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars Game 6 Preview – The Calder Cup is in...

The 2017-18 Toronto Marlies have earned themselves the opportunity to go down in history this evening. The Marlies are yet to taste Calder Cup success since becoming the Leafs' AHL affiliate in 2005-06, having suffered...
Calle Rosen of the Toronto Marlies

“A championship-calibre response” puts the Toronto Marlies one win away from Calder Cup after...

"A championship-calibre response." Those were the post-game words of Sheldon Keefe after the Toronto Marlies finally blew the door open against the Texas Stars defense with a comprehensive victory in Game 5. In this tightly-contested series...
Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars Game 4

Calder Cup Final all square after Toronto Marlies come back from 2-0 down only...

The Calder Cup Final is now a best-of-three after Texas tied the series up at 2-2 with a 3-2 victory in Game 4. Despite the Marlies outshooting them 31-18, the Stars were more clinical with...
Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars Game 3 - Chris Mueller

Two down, two to go: Toronto Marlies take 2-1 series lead with hard-fought victory...

Having lost home-ice advantage and the series lead at Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday, the Toronto Marlies bounced back in a big way to reclaim both with a Game 3 victory in Texas. First Period Dominant at...
Carl Grundstrom of the Toronto Marlies

“This is the way playoffs are supposed to be”: Toronto Marlies see 10-game winning...

No one said it would be easy: The Toronto Marlies will not complete a third consecutive sweep after seeing their 10-game winning streak come to a halt in Game 2 against Texas. "It has been...
Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars

Toronto Marlies take Calder Cup series lead after 11-goal Game 1 thriller

No quit. Toronto trailed three times during Game 1 of the Calder Cup Final -- including by two goals at one stage -- but despite producing a performance far below their usual standard for the...
Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars

Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars: 2018 Calder Cup Final Preview & Schedule

Four wins from glory. The Toronto Marlies face just one more hurdle in their quest for a first ever Calder Cup championship. The disappointment of the loss in the 2012 final will be a footnote in...
Kyle Dubas, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Kyle Dubas on the prospect of winning a Calder Cup: “I think it would...

General Manager Kyle Dubas met with the media on Friday ahead of the Toronto Marlies' Calder Cup Final series against the Texas Stars, discussing the success of the Marlies and what it means, the...
kyle dubas toronto marlies toronto maple leafs

The 2017-18 Toronto Marlies: The team that Kyle Dubas built

When the 2011-12 Toronto Marlies progressed to the Calder Cup Final only to be swept by the powerhouse Norfolk Admirals, their roster was largely made up of older professionals -- Mike Zigomanis was their...
Timothy Liljegren of the Toronto Marlies

[Leafs Links] Travis Dermott on Timothy Liljegren: “His skill level is definitely NHL-ready”; Brooks:...

Wendel Clark offers his .02 on when the Leafs should name a captain, Travis Dermott provides a scouting report on Timothy Liljegren, Trevor Moore's emergence in the Calder Cup playoffs, and more in the links. Leafs...
Andreas Johnsson of the Toronto Marlies vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Toronto Marlies Calder Cup Final bound after Andreas Johnsson leads the way in series-clinching...

Unbeaten on home ice and winners of nine straight playoff games, the Toronto Marlies are heading to the Calder Cup Final after sweeping the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. This was yet another highly impressive performance from...
Carl Grundstrom of the Toronto Marlies vs. Lehigh Valley

Toronto Marlies one win away from Calder Cup Final after dominant Game 3 victory...

The Toronto Marlies moved to within a single win of the Calder Cup Final after a comprehensive 5-0 Game 3 victory in Allentown. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms simply had no answer for the four-line onslaught...
Toronto Marlies vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Garret Sparks the hero as Miro Aaltonen scores OT winner to give Toronto Marlies...

Miro Aaltonen and Garret Sparks were the heroes as the Toronto Marlies kept their perfect playoff home record intact to take a 2-0 series lead heading to Allentown. A seventh straight victory at the Ricoh...
Toronto Marlies vs Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Adam Brooks scores third-period game winner as the Toronto Marlies take Game 1 of...

The Toronto Marlies took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final despite blowing an early two-goal lead on Saturday at the Ricoh Coliseum. Clinical finishing and timely goaltending from Garret Sparks got the job done...
Kasperi Kapanen of the Toronto Marlies, TJ Brennan of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Toronto Marlies vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms: 2018 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Final Preview &...

Since advancing to the Calder Cup Final in 2012, the Toronto Marlies have twice reached the Eastern Conference Final only to fall at the second-from-last hurdle. Standing in the way of the Marlies making it...

Toronto Marlies 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs: Key Performers After Two Rounds

The Toronto Marlies are sitting pretty at the halfway point in their quest for a first-ever Calder Cup championship. There have been some standout individual performances, but the team's success has been built on sound...
Garret Sparks of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies complete second-round sweep of Syracuse, punch ticket to Eastern Conference Final

The Toronto Marlies punched their ticket to the Eastern Conference Final by completing an impressive four-game sweep of the Syracuse Crunch on Tuesday night. The Marlies jumped out to an early lead and defended it...
Justin Holl of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies in the driver’s seat against Syracuse after emphatic Game 3 victory

The Toronto Marlies took full control of their second-round series by handing the Syracuse Crunch a 7-1 drubbing at the War Memorial Arena on Sunday evening. Less than 24 hours after prevailing in double overtime,...
Frederik Gauthier of the Toronto Marlies

Garret Sparks posts 46 saves as Frederik Gauthier’s double overtime winner hoists Toronto Marlies...

One of the best parts about the post-season is how it can deliver moments of redemption and see unlikely heroes step to the fore. Almost a year to the day when he had his season...

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