Leafs fans, meet Marlies. Marlies, meet Leafs fans. You’re going to have plenty of time to get to know each other this season.
The Marlboros begin their pre-season schedule tomorrow night in Cobourg, Ontario (HOME OF THE COUGARS) against the rival Hamilton Bulldogs, the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate. 34 players began training camp last Saturday, only about 22 or so will remain when the regular season kicks off a week tomorrow, while the rest will be exiled to the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. Seriously. Here are some essentials that you need to know before you hop on the Marlboros’ bandwagon.
Who To Follow (On The Twitters)
Kyle Cicerella – The Canadian Press hockey reporter always has his finger on the pulse of the Baby Leafs. He also provides updates on Leafs’ prospects across the Canadian Hockey League. Check out his wicked awesome website for all things Marlboros.
Clayton Hansler – Writes, reports and produces content for the Marlies’ website. He even breaks important news stories, like this one:
HOLY MACKANAW THAT’S AMAZING! Speaking of which:
Where To Watch The Games
Sportsnet One – The team announced yesterday that Sportnet’s main alternate channel will air two of the first three home games of the season. The usual Sportsnet and Leafs TV broadcasting duo of Bowen and Greg Millen will handle the play-by-play, with Jeff Marek, Brad May and John Shannon providing the studio work. Expect Sportsnet to carry more games if/when the NHL lockout drags on.
Ricoh Coliseum (DUH!) – With all due respect to the Royal Winter Fair, this venue was made for hockey. Located just a short TTC or Go Train ride west of Union Station in Exhibition Place, expect the Ricoh to produce record attendance numbers this season. Get your tickets! Tickets here!
Where To Listen
TSN 1050 – The new kid on the Toronto sports radio scene pilfered the Marlboros games from AM640 this year, like a third grade bully steals lunch money from a wimpy nerd. Needless to say, this is a great move for TSN’s burgeoning sports radio empire.
So there you go: You are now well on your way to becoming a genuine fan of the Toronto Marlboros American Hockey League Club. Stay tuned for first-class coverage of your mighty Marlboros throughout the season. Or until the lockout ends. Whichever comes first.
In the meantime, here’s Leo Komarov. You’re welcome.