Toronto Maple Leafs: Why You Should Take In a Marlies Game This Year

Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a great start to the NHL season.

One reason the Toronto Maple Leafs are such a great team is their depth, which can be seen in all it’s glory if you check out their AHL team, the Toronto Marlies.

Who’s been in this scenario before? The leaves are changing colour, the morning grass is frosted from the night before, and Starbucks is selling pumpkin-flavoured everything for twice the price. “Yes, it is fall once again!” you think to yourself as you race for your phone.

It’s every hockey fan’s telltale sign that the beginning of the NHL season is returning. You open your ticketing app of choice and begin scrolling through the plethora of options only to have your dreams crushed by insane ticket prices. In disgust, you close the application and slide your phone back into your pocket signaling defeat.

All at once a thought dawns on you. There is another team in Toronto that wears blue and white adorned with a maple leaf in the center. A cloud of doubt forms in your mind “They aren’t the real team” you think to yourself. Fret not my fellow Toronto Maple Leafs Loyalists here are a hat-trick of reasons why you should go to a Toronto Marlies game sometime this season!

Toronto Maple Leafs: See A Marlies Game!

Reason #1: Affordable Entertainment

Toronto Marlies games offer an exciting and affordable way to enjoy live hockey in the city’s heart at a budget-friendly price.

Tickets definitely make your wallet cry less compared to that of Toronto Maple Leafs games, which makes it an excellent option for families, students, and fans looking for an affordable sports experience. Marlies tickets are a great option for travelers or newcomers to the sport of hockey to as it allows you to enjoy the speed, excitement, and atmosphere of professional hockey without breaking the bank.

Reason #2: Developing Future Stars

The Marlies are the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, which means you get to see a plethora of future stars in action developing their skill and refining their physical play.

Fortunately for many Leafs fans this season, the Leafs have a team so deep, that it makes the Marianas Trench quiver.

Players such as Simon Benoit, Nick Robertson, Martin Jones, and many more are all fighting to make a good impression in the minors to impress the big club, making every well-placed shot or bone-crushing hit much more important.

Finally, the Leafs have a history of “calling-up” prospects throughout the year some of which become full-time roster players. Current NHL players such as Morgan Rielly, Timothy Liljegren, Joseph Woll, and William Nylander all had stints with the Marlies.

Reason #3: Fan-Friendly Atmosphere

Admit it, we’ve all been so very excited to go to a Leafs game in the past only to have it ruined by either a lifeless lower-bowl atmosphere or a toxic upper-bowl frenzy.

Marlies games offer a fan-friendly atmosphere that provides an up-close and personal experience with the game. Many of the Marlies fans I have interacted with in the past have been extremely kind and energetic.

The venue (Coca-Cola Coliseum) offers an intimate setting that ensures you have great views of the action from every seat. The smaller venue allows the sound to echo and immerse you into the environment even more!

You’ll also find a dedicated and passionate fan base (trust me, you will hear them from a kilometer away!) that creates an exhilarating and engaging environment, with opportunities for autographs and interaction with players.

Attending a Toronto Marlies game allows you to enjoy the thrill of hockey, support the development of future NHL stars, and be part of a welcoming and enthusiastic fan community. It’s a fantastic way to spend an afternoon or evening in Toronto while getting a taste of top-notch hockey action.

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The only question left to ask is what seats are you sitting in?