The Toronto Marlies will face some stiff competition in February as they face-off against Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League on February 15th, 2014. The game will be part of Farjestad’s trip to North America, which will also include taking part in the AHL All-Star game.
“This game will serve as a great experience for all of our players, especially our young prospects who have recently turned pro… We’re thrilled to host a game of this magnitude and look forward to providing an exciting atmosphere and a competitive game for our fans at Ricoh Coliseum.”
Marlies coach Steve Spott spoke about the experience for his players.
“This game will be an exciting event for our staff and players to be a part of… Competing internationally, whether in tournament play or an exhibition game, is always a valuable experience.”
Farjestad CEO Hakan Loob added this.
“To come and play the Marlies in Toronto will be great… Toronto has been the ‘hockey town’ of the world for most Swedes since Börje Salming’s days in the early 70’s. We are very excited to represent the SHL in the All-Star Classic and then against one of the AHL’s top teams.”
This will obviously be a big game for the Marlies. This will give this some of the Leafs top prospects a chance to play against competition that is a step above the AHL. For the Marlies that have a higher chance of playing with the Leafs one day, they will have the experience of facing an international opponent that not many other players will have.
One fun fact about the game is that Farjestad’s captain is former Toronto Maple Leaf Rickard Wallin.