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How about: Damn! A city near Mexico has pro hockey while I sit in Toronto watching nothing!

You can thank the Leafs for that... Locked out AND forcing the Roadrunners out of town... Go Monopoly Leafs!

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How about: Damn! A city near Mexico has pro hockey while I sit in Toronto watching nothing!

You can thank the Leafs for that... Locked out AND forcing the Roadrunners out of town... Go Monopoly Leafs!

Noooo, you can thank the players for that for taking all the money the Leafs and other wealthy teams waved infront of their greedy little noses. I really blame the players more then the league at this point, I mean, they are going to Europe and playing for pennies, yet they wont settle for pay thats 1 million more in the NHL?? It really sucks that hockey is as corrupt as it is, and why Bettman, who is a basketball guy is running HOCKEY is byond me. I say they can his ass and put in place a counsel of former hockey greats from different eras: Recently retired, retired in the early 90's, early 80's, early 70's, early 60's and sometime in the 50's. This group would be able to combine their views together to create a perfect way to bring old time hockey back into the modern world.

Also, the Baby Leafs will be the Toronto Marlies, as the Toronto Star pointed out a few months ago. http://www.torontomarlies.ca is under construction. ;)

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Also, the Baby Leafs will be the Toronto Marlies, as the Toronto Star pointed out a few months ago. http://www.torontomarlies.ca is under construction. ;)

What the hell is a Marlie?

Marlie is short for Marlbros. Here is the history of the name from the Toronto Marlboros website (not the AHL team, the minor league system)

In the early 1900's a group of local sportsmen decided to form a new athletic club in downtown Toronto. The name they chose was ?The Toronto Marlborough Athletic Club".

The club was named after a long line of English Noblemen, the Duke of Marlborough. The Dukes' family name was Churchill, and in fact, the Duke of Marlborough was an uncle to the late Sir Winston Churchill.

Through the years the Churchill name had become synonymous with leadership, courage and their ability to rise to the challenge in times of adversity. In short, the Churchill's provided the perfect role model for the young club.

It was in 1903 that then club secretary Fred Waghorne wrote to the Duke of Marlborough in England for permission to use the storied name arid crest.

The following winter the club formed its' first hockey team The Marlborough Seniors. In that inaugural season they challenged the famed Ottawa Silver Seven" for the Stanley Cup. Although they lost the series it was the first step in what would later become one of the most famous names in hockey.

In choosing its' logo the club took the Marlborough family crown and added the initials A.C. for Athletic Club. It wasn't until the late 1950's that the crown was set against the present day Maple Leaf.

This historical background of the name also lead to its' teams being nicknamed The Dukes. While the club continued to operate both Junior and Senior teams in the early 1900's it wasn't until 1927 that the Marlborough name really came to the fore.

It was during this year that the late Conn Smythe bought the N.H.L.?s Toronto St. Pats and changed their name to the now famous Maple Leafs. Smythe realized the importance of a strong farm system and made the Marlboroughs part of the Leaf organization.

In the beginning both the Leafs and Marlboroughs practiced and were headquartered out of the old Ravina Gardens in Toronto's west end. Their games were played downtown at the Mutual Street Arena.

The 1929 season saw the Marlborough Juniors win their first Memorial Cup. Before the juniors were disbanded following the 1988-89 season the club would have won a record seven Memorial Cups (Canadian Junior Champions) and have sent in excess of 250 players and coaches to the N.H.L. ranks.

The Marlborough Minor teams first came onto the scene in the 1931-32 season when the club decided to enter a Bantam team in the then "Toronto Hockey League" This coincided with the opening of the new " Maple Leaf Gardens ? where the Bantams would practice in the early morning before school. That pioneer team captured the T.H.L. Bantam crown and went on to win the Midget "A" title the next year.

On May 28, 1937 the original "Hot Stove Club" was formed at Maple Leaf Gardens with a mandate to raise funds in support of the Marlborough Hockey Club and amateur sports in general. It wasn't until 1963 that the club was given a permanent home with premises and a restaurant at Maple Leaf Gardens.

It was in the 1948-49 season that the club added the Minor Bantam and Pee Wee teams to its' organization. The Pee Wee?s were sponsored for the first time by Shopsy?s Food Company that year and went on to win eight T.H.L. championships in the next 14 years.

Other highlights include the Marlborough Midgets winning eleven T.H.L. titles in 13 years (1954-55 to 1966~67 ) including a record 8 straight championships.

Up until the N.H.L. instituted the present entry draft in 1967 the Maple Leaf organisation through its' Marlborough Minor system could virtually groom players from as young as nine years old to work their way through the minor system to the Junior A?s and ultimately to the Leafs. Needless to say, this process laid the foundation for many Leaf Stanley Cups.

Following the disbanding of the Junior A?s in 1989 the Maple Leafs discontinued its' direct sponsorship of the Minor system but through the permission of the late Leaf Owner Harold Ballard the Minors were allowed to retain and carry on the Marlborough name.

Three years later in the fall of 1992 the Marlboros combined their fabled crest with the current Maple Leaf uniform.

The Marlboro Minors are now entering their 74th year of competition. A lot has changed over the years, including the shortening of the spelling of the name: however, many of the important things still remain the same for the current Marlboro Hockey Club... the colours, the crest and the long standing, proud tradition that comes with being a Marlboro.

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Also, the Baby Leafs will be the Toronto Marlies, as the Toronto Star pointed out a few months ago. http://www.torontomarlies.ca is under construction. ;)

What the hell is a Marlie?

Ask and ye shall receive:

The Toronto Marlboros (nicknamed Marlies) were part of Ontario hockey as a senior and then a junior team from 1904 until 1989, when the team disbanded as a Junior A franchise.

The team was founded by the Toronto Marlborough Athletic Club in the early 1900s and named after the Duke of Marlborough.

The junior club won the Memorial Cup a record seven times and sent more than 250 players and coaches to the NHL.

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Also, the Baby Leafs will be the Toronto Marlies, as the Toronto Star pointed out a few months ago. http://www.torontomarlies.ca is under construction. ;)

What the hell is a Marlie?

Ask and ye shall receive:

The Toronto Marlboros (nicknamed Marlies) were part of Ontario hockey as a senior and then a junior team from 1904 until 1989, when the team disbanded as a Junior A franchise.

The team was founded by the Toronto Marlborough Athletic Club in the early 1900s and named after the Duke of Marlborough.

The junior club won the Memorial Cup a record seven times and sent more than 250 players and coaches to the NHL.

Damn you and a shortened version of what I posted!!!!

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Damn! A city near Mexico celebrating Canada. :lol: Say OMMF, when are the Thunderbirds celebrating Mexico night?

Mexico? That's way more Tri-City than Seattle. :D

Tomorrow is Hawaii night at the Winterhawks game in Portland.

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