Toronto Marlboros


Toronto Marlboros

Hockey team | CAN_eng = 1
team = Toronto Marlborough
Athletic Club

logosize = 125px
city = Toronto, Ontario
league = Ontario Hockey League
founded = 1903
operated = 1904-1989
arena = Maple Leaf Gardens
colours = Blue & White
parentclub = Toronto Maple Leafs
(1927-1967)
name1 = Toronto Marlboros
dates1 = 1904-89
name2 = Dukes of Hamilton
dates2 = 1989-91
name3 = Guelph Storm
dates3 = 1991-Present
The Toronto Marlborough Athletic Club, commonly known as the Toronto Marlboros, was founded in 1903. It operated a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association and Ontario Hockey League from 1904 to 1989. The Marlboros were formerly a farm team to the Toronto Maple Leafs and one of the dominant junior teams in history, winning seven Memorial Cup championships.

"Other Toronto Marlboros teams include a Senior Hockey team who competed for the Stanley Cup in 1904 & won the Allan Cup in 1950, and a Minor Hockey team, which has operated continuously since 1931."

History

The Toronto Marlborough Athletic Club was started in Toronto, Ontario in 1903 by a group of Toronto sportsmen. It was named after the Duke of Marlborough. A hockey program was started in 1904. The team was commonly known as the Marlboros or Marlies and was also nicknamed the Dukes.

In the early years, the Marlboros were just one of many athletic clubs and junior hockey teams in and around Toronto that played in relative obscurity in the history books. The club was thrust onto the national scene in 1927 when Conn Smythe bought the Toronto Marlboros to be the farm team for his other recently acquired team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. From 1927 to 1989 the Marlboros and Maple Leafs shared common ownership first in the Smythe family and later in Harold Ballard. Upon the passing of Conn Smythe, his son Stafford Smythe inherited the teams, and later sold a portion of both clubs to Harold Ballard. Ballard became sole owner of both teams upon the passing of Stafford Smythe.

The Marlboros would serve as a farm team for the Maple Leafs for 40 years until direct NHL sponsorship of junior teams ended in 1967, however the two clubs continued to remain affiliated under a common ownership until 1989. During this time the Marlboros would send over 180 players to the NHL and 6 future Hockey Hall of Fame inductees. The two teams would often play double headers on Saturdays, with the junior games in the afternoon and the NHL games in the evening.

The original Hot Stove Club was formed at Maple Leaf Gardens on May 28, 1937 for the purpose of raising funds to support the Marlborough Hockey Club. The Hot Stove Club was given a permanent bar & lounge at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1963. From 1929 to 1975 the Marlboros won the national junior championship seven times.

Marlboro players from the Memorial Cups in the 1950s and 1960s jumped directly to the Maple Leafs, helping them win the Stanley Cup four times in the 1960s. Former NHL stars stayed in the organization to help coach in the junior ranks. Turk Broda and George Armstrong both coached the Marlboros to Memorial Cup victories.

Stafford Smythe organized the Metro Junior A League in 1961 as a rival league to the OHA, with the Marlboros as its charter member. After the league folded in 1963, the Marlboros scooped up all the former stars from the Toronto Neil McNeil Maroons who had won two consecutive Metro Junior A league titles, and also retained their coach, Jim Gregory. The 1964 Marlboros were one of the strongest teams in Canadian junior history.

The Marlboros would return to prominence again in 1973, coached by former Toronto Maple Leafs captain George Armstrong. Armstrong's team in 1973 lost only 7 seven games all season, and two years later he would coach the Marlboros to their 7th national title in 1975.

The team began to take a decline in the standings in the late 1970s which continued through the 1980s. Many people felt that Harold Ballard's penny-pinching ways helped contribute to the demise of Canada's most successful junior team. After the 1988-1989 season the Toronto Marlboros were sold, and they severed ties with the Maple Leafs. The OHA team moved to Hamilton, becoming the Dukes of Hamilton. They were not financially successful in Hamilton, though, and after only two seasons the Dukes became the Guelph Storm.

Championships

The Toronto Marlboros have won Memorial Cup seven times, more than any other team in the Cup's history. The Marlies also won 10 OHA championships in 17 final appearances.

J. Ross Robertson Cup
*1928 Won - final opponent unknown
*1929 Won - final opponent unknown
*1932 Won - final opponent unknown
*1940 Lost to Oshawa Generals
*1941 Lost to Oshawa Generals
*1949 Lost to Barrie Flyers
*1951 Lost to Barrie Flyers
*1955 Won vs. St. Catharines Teepees
*1956 Won vs. Barrie Flyers
*1958 Won vs. Hamilton Tiger Cubs
*1964 Won vs. Montreal Jr. Canadiens
*1965 Lost to Niagara Falls Flyers
*1967 Won vs. Hamilton Red Wings
*1970 Lost to Montreal Jr. Canadiens
*1971 Lost to St. Catharines Black Hawks
*1973 Won vs. Peterborough Petes
*1975 Won vs. Hamilton Fincups

Hamilton Spectator Trophy
*1959-1960 59 points
*1963-1964 87 points
*1971-1972 93 points
*1972-1973 103 points
*1974-1975 105 points

Memorial Cup
*1929 Defeated Elmwood Millionaires
*1955 Defeated Regina Pats
*1956 Defeated Regina Pats
*1964 Defeated Edmonton Oil Kings
*1967 Defeated Port Arthur Marrs
*1973 Defeated Québec Remparts
*1975 Defeated New Westminster Bruins
Eastern Canadian Champions
*1928 Lost to Ottawa Gunners
*1929 Defeated Ottawa Shamrocks
George Richardson Memorial Trophy
*1955 Defeated Quebec Frontenacs
*1956 Defeated Montreal Jr. Canadiens
*1958 Lost to Ottawa-Hull Junior Canadiens
*1964 Defeated Notre Dame de Grace Monarchs
*1967 Defeated Thetford Mines Canadiens

Memorial Cups

1929
The Marlboros reached their first Memorial Cup series in 1929 after being upset in 1928 by the Ottawa Gunners. In 1929 the Marlboros defeated the Ottawa Shamrocks in a two-game total goals series by 6 to 5. Ottawa won the first game 4 to 3, and Toronto won the second game 3 to 1.

Toronto played the Elmwood Millionaires from Winnipeg, Manitoba in a best of three series starting on March 29 at the Arena Gardens (Mutual Street Arena) for the Memorial Cup. The Marlboros won the first game 4 to 2 in overtime. On March 31, Toronto won game 2 by an identical score of 4 to 2 for its first Memorial Cup.

1955
Turk Broda took over the coaching duties of the Marlboros midway through the 1954-55 season. In the playoffs the Marlboros defeated the reigning Memorial Cup champions St. Catharines Teepees, followed by the Québec Remparts to win the Eastern Canadian championship.

After a long train ride to Regina, Saskatchewan to Marlboros and the Regina Pats took part in the First Annual Memorial Cup Dinner. The idea of the banquet was one of Harold Ballard's many longlasting effects on the game. The next day the two teams would start a best of seven series for the Cup.

Regina won the first game 3 to 1. Toronto won the next two games scores of 5 to 2, and 3 to 2. Regina tied up game four at 2 goals each in the dying minutes of regulation to send the match to overtime. Billy Harris would score in overtime to give the Marlbors a 3 games to 1 lead. Game five was also tied after three periods. Toronto scored three unanswered goals, winning 8 to 5 in overtime, and their second Memorial Cup.

1956
Toronto defeated the Montreal Junior Canadiens in an 8-game series to return to the Memorial Cup and a rematch versus the Regina Pats.The championship series started at Maple Leaf Gardens on April 27.

The teams tied the first game at 4 goals each. Toronto put together three consecutive victories by scores of 5 to 1, 4 to 2, and 6 to 1. The Marlboros captured their second consecutive Memorial Cup in game five by a score ot 7 to 4. The Oshawa Generals were the first team to accomplish the feat in 1938-39 and 1939-40.

1964
Toronto defeated the defending OHA champions Niagara Falls Flyers and the Montreal Jr. Canadiens to win the J. Ross Robertson Cup. The Marlboros swept the NOHA champion North Bay Trappers to play the Quebec champion Notre-Dame-de-Grace Monarchs, who were coached by Scotty Bowman. Toronto prevailed to return to the Memorial Cup after an eight-year absence. Their opponent would be the perennial Abbott Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings.

The series opened at Maple Leaf Gardens with a 5 to 2 Toronto victory. The Marlboros continued on to win games two and three with scores of 3 to 2 and 5 to 2. Toronto finished the series sweep with a 7 to 2 win in game 4. Many of the players on the 1964 Marlboros team like Ron Ellis, Mike Walton and Pete Stemkowski went on to help the Maple Leafs capture the Stanley Cup in 1967.

1967
Toronto defeated the Montreal Jr. Canadiens and Hamilton Red Wings for the OHA title, then eliminated the Thetford Mines Canadiens to capture the eastern Canadian championships. The Marlboros played the Port Arthur Marrs in the Memorial Cup series hosted at the Fort William Gardens in what is now the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The Marlboros won the first two games by scores of 6 to 3, and 8 to 4. Port Arthur won the third game 6 to 4 in a heavily penalized match, including a bench brawl with one second left in the game. Toronto won the last two games by scores of 6 to 0, and 6 to 3 capturing its 5th Memorial Cup. In 1966-67, the Maple Leafs also won the Stanley Cup, the last year the two clubs would be national champions at the same time.

1973
The Marlboros of 1972-73 lost only seven games in the regular season. The team was ranked # 1 in Canada going into the playoffs. Toronto eliminated the St. Catharines Black Hawks and Ottawa 67's before meeting the Peterborough Petes in the OHA finals.

The series versus the Petes went to a seventh game played at Maple Leaf Gardens in front of 16,485 spectators, a record at the time for junior hockey attendance. Toronto needed only a tie game to advance, and did so in dramatic fashion. Paulin Bordeleau scored on a penalty shot in the last minute to tie the game at 5 goals each.

After winning the OHA title, the Marlboros travelled to Memorial Cup hosted at the Montreal Forum where their opponents would be the Québec Remparts and the Medicine Hat Tigers, who were led by future NHL star Lanny McDonald.

The Marlies beat Quebec 5 to 2 in the first game, and lost 3 to 2 to the Tigers in the second game. The Remparts then beat the Tigers 8 to 3 in game three. Since each team had won a game, Toronto and Quebec played each other in the finals based on goals for and against. The Marlboros scored a 9 to 1 victory for their 6th Memorial Cup.

1975
The 1975 playoff run for the Marlboros was complicated by Mark Napier and John Tonelli signing professional contracts before the season ended. Tonelli would sit out all the Marlboros games after his 18th birthday so he would not the jeopardize playing for the Houston Aeros.

Toronto stumbled through the playoffs managing come-from-behind victories in series versus the 8th place Kingston Canadians and 5th place Sudbury Wolves. Both series went 8 games, and the Marlboros were a point away from being eliminated each time but stayed alive. The Marlboros then beat the Hamilton Fincups in the finals for their last OHA championship. Toronto would face the New Westminster Bruins, and the Sherbrooke Castors in the Memorial Cup series played at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex.

Toronto beat Sherbrooke 5 to 4 in overtime in game 1 after coming back from three goals down. The Bruins beat the Castors (Beavers in English) 7 to 5 in game two, defeated Toronto 6 to 2 in the third game to reach the finals. In a rematch versus the Castors in the semi-final, Toronto won 10 to 4 to reach the finals versus New Westminster.

The Marlboros continued their momentum in the finals winning 7 to 3, and capturing their seventh and final Memorial Cup championship. Coach Armstrong said it was all worth it, even after his team had tossed him into the hotel swimming pool during a victory party.

Coaches

One of the most famous Maple Leafs and Marlboros of all time, George Armstrong, coached the Marlboros to their final two Memorial Cup victories in 1972-73 and 1974-75.

Two Toronto Marlboros coached have been awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHA Coach of the Year. They are George Armstrong 1972-73 in his first year, and Dave Chambers in 1979-80.

:"Partial list of Toronto Marlboros coaches."


*1928-1929 Frank J. Selke
*1946-1947 Bill Thoms
*1954-1955 Turk Broda
*1955-1956 Turk Broda
*1960-1961 Turk Broda
*1961-1962 Turk Broda
*1963-1964 Jim Gregory

*1966-1967 Gus Bodnar
*1972-1973 Frank Bonello
*1972-1973 George Armstrong
*1974-1975 George Armstrong
*1978-1979 Bill White
*1979-1980 Dave Chambers

Players

Until the NHL instituted the Entry Draft in 1967, the Maple Leafs relied heavily on the Jr. A. Marlboros to produce NHL players. Many players were part of Maple Leafs Stanley Cup winning teams. In total, 202 OHA Junior Marlboros went on to play in the National Hockey League.

Award winners

Red Tilson Trophy
(Most Outstanding Player)
*"1949-50" - George Armstrong
*"1949-50" - Dave Gardner

Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
(Scoring Champion)
*"1937-38" - Hank Goldup
*"1940-41" - Gaye Stewart
*"1971-72" - Billy Harris & Dave Gardner
*"1974-75" - Bruce Boudreau

Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
(Top Scoring Right Winger)
*"1971-72" - Billy Harris
*"1974-75" - Mark Napier

Emms Family Award
(Rookie of the Year)
*"1979-80" - Bruce Dowie

Dave Pinkney Trophy
(Lowest Team GAA)
*"1949-50" - Don Lockhart
*"1950-51" - Don Lockhart
*"1951-52" - Don Head
*"1952-53" - John Henderson
*"1954-55" - John Albani
*"1955-56" - Jim Crockett
*"1956-67" - Len Broderick
*"1957-58" - Len Broderick
*"1972-73" - Mike Palmateer

Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy
(Overage Player of the Year)
*"1986-87" - Mike Richard Bobby Smith Trophy
(Scholastic Player of the Year)
*"1988-89" - Brian Collinson

Hockey Hall of Famers

Six players who played for the Marlboros and Maple Leafs have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They are George Armstrong, Charlie Conacher, Red Horner, Harvey Jackson, Joe Primeau, and Bob Pulford. Former Marlboros Brad Park was also inducted into the Hall of Fame as an NHL defenceman, and Carl Voss was inducted as a builder.

NHL alumni


*Doug Acomb
*Douglas Adam
*Gary Aldcorn
*Mike Amodeo
*John Anderson
*George Armstrong
*Tim Armstrong
*Earl Balfour
*Fred Barrett
*Baz Bastien
*Bobby Baun
*Bill Berg
*Todd Bidner
*Jack Bionda
*Charles "Chuck" Blair
*Frank "Buzz" Boll
*Hugh Bolton
*Paulin Bordeleau
*Bruce Boudreau
*Wally Boyer
*Carl Brewer
*Ken Broderick
*Len Broderick
*Arnie Brown
*Al Buchanan
*Sean Burke
*Charlie Burns
*Bert Burry
*Mike Byers
*Terry Caffery
*Wayne Carleton
*Jacques Caron
*Andre Champagne
*Rob Cimetta
*Bill Collins
*Gary Collins
*Brian Conacher
*Charlie Conacher
*Bob Copp
*Mike Corrigan
*Yvon Corriveau
*Neal Coulter
*Glen Cressman
*Bob Dailey
*Bob Davidson
*Gerry Desjardins
*Kevin Devine
*Ernie Dickens
*Gary Dillon
*Wayne Dillon
*Gary Dineen

*Bruce Dowie
*Jim Drummond
*Dave Dryden
*Jerry Dupont
*Steve Durbano
*Darryl Edestrand
*Tom Edur
*Gary Edwards
*Ron Ellis
*Chris Evans
*George Ferguson
*Rick Foley
*Bob Fryday
*Dave Gardner
*Rob Garner
*Red Garrett
*Stew Gavin
*Greg Gilbert
*Kenny Girard
*Brian Glennie
*Howie Glover
*Bob Goldham
*Glenn Goldup
*Hank Goldup
*Larry Goodenough
*Chris Govedaris
*Bob Gracie
*Pat Graham
*Reg Hamilton
*Gord Hannigan
*Ray Hannigan
*Nick Harbaruk
*Billy Harris b.1935
*Billy Harris b.1952
*Bob Hassard
*Don Head
*John Henderson
*Murray Henderson
*Robert (Bob) "Red" Heron
*Paul Higgins
*Ike Hildebrand
*Paul Hoganson
*Red Horner
*Mark Howe
*Marty Howe
*Brent Hughes
*John Hughes
*Ron Hurst
*Brent Imlach
*Ron Ingram
*Art Jackson

*Harvey "Busher" Jackson
*Gerry James
*Gary Jarrett
*Bill Johansen
*Trevor Johansen
*Bernie Johnston
*Greg Johnston
*Ross Johnstone
*Mike Kaszycki
*Rick Kessell
*Mike Kitchen
*Chris Kontos
*Les Kozak
*Neil Labatte
*Yvon Labre
*Steve Langdon
*Alex Levinsky
*Danny Lewicki
*Parker MacDonald
*Al MacNeil
*Norm Mann
*Moe Mantha
*Peter Marrin
*Jack Martin
*Tom Martin
*Dennis Maruk
*Wally Maxwell
*Tom McCarthy
*Dennis McCord
*John McCormack
*Bill McCreary Jr.
*Darwin McCutcheon
*Mike McEwen
*Donald "Sandy" McGregor
*Jim McKenny
*John McLellan
*Gerry Meehan
*Howie Menard
*Greg Meredith
*Bill Mitchell
*Red Mitchell
*Elwyn Morris
*Brian Murphy
*Mike Murphy
*Mark Napier
*Eric Nesterenko
*Bob Nevin
*Cam Newton
*Joe Noris
*Mike Nykoluk
*Peanuts O'Flaherty

*Dennis Owchar
*Mike Palmateer
*Jim Pappin
*Brad Park
*Mike Pelyk
*Jim Peplinski
*Fred Perlini
*Victor Posa
*Joe Primeau
*Ellie Pringle
*Bob Pulford
*Clare "Rags" Raglan
*Mark Reeds
*Larry Regan
*Dave Reid
*Mike Richard
*Fred Robertson
*Mike Rowe
*Ron Rowe
*Enio Sclisizzi
*Rod Seiling
*Brit Selby
*Sean Shanahan
*Jack Shill
*Steve Shutt
*Al Smith
*Gary Smith
*John Smrke
*Lorne Stamler
*George Standing
*Phil Stein
*Pete Stemkowski
*Gaye Stewart
*Ron Stewart
*Frank Sullivan
*Dale Tallon
*Steve Thomas
*Bill Thoms
*Jim Thomson
*Ray Timgren
*John Tonelli
*Steve Vickers
*Carl Voss
*Mike Walton
*Don Webster
*Steve Weeks
*Bill White
*Ron Wilson
*Bennett Wolf
*John Wright
*Peter Zezel

Yearly results

Regular season

:"Standings prior to 1937 currently unavailable."

Playoffs

"Complete records prior to 1960 are unavailable."
*1960-61 Out of playoffs.
*1961-62 Defeated Brampton 7Ups 8 points to 2 in Metro League semi-finals.
Lost to St. Michael's Majors 8 points to 6 in Metro League finals.
*1962-63 Defeated Whitby Dunlops 8 points to 2 in Metro League semi-finals.
Lost to Neil McNeil Maroons 8 points to 4 in Metro League finals.
*1963-64 Defeated Niagara Falls Flyers 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
Received bye through semi-finals.
Defeated Montreal Junior Canadiens 9 points to 1 in finals. OHA CHAMPIONS
Defeated Edmonton Oil Kings in Memorial Cup finals. "MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS"
*1964-65 Defeated Montreal Junior Canadiens 9 points to 7 in quarter-finals.
Defeated Peterborough Petes 9 points to 7 in semi-finals.
Lost to Niagara Falls Flyers 8 points to 2 in finals.
*1965-66 Defeated Peterborough Petes 8 points to 4 in quarter-finals.
Lost to Kitchener Rangers 9 points to 7 in semi-finals.
*1966-67 Defeated Montreal Junior Canadiens 8 points to 4 in quarter-finals.
Defeated Kitchener Rangers 9 points to 5 in semi-finals.
Defeated Hamilton Red Wings 8 points to 0 in finals. OHA CHAMPIONS
Defeated Port Arthur Marrs in Memorial Cup final. "MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS"
*1967-68 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 8 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
*1968-69 Lost to St. Catharines Black Hawks 8 points to 4 in quarter-finals.
*1969-70 Defeated Oshawa Generals 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
Defeated London Knights 9 points to 3 in semi-finals.
Lost to Montreal Junior Canadiens 8 points to 6 in finals.
*1970-71 Defeated Peterborough Petes 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
Defeated Ottawa 67's 8 points to 0 in semi-finals.
Lost to St. Catharines Black Hawks 8 points to 0 in finals.
*1971-72 Defeated Kitchener Rangers 8 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
Lost to Peterborough Petes 8 points to 2 in semi-finals.
*1972-73 Defeated St. Catharines Black Hawks 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
Defeated Ottawa 67's 8 points to 0 in semi-finals.
Defeated Peterborough Petes 8 points to 6 in finals. OHA CHAMPIONS
Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in first place based on goal differential.
Defeated Quebec Remparts 9-1 in final game. "MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS"
*1973-74 Defeated London Knights 9 points to 1 in quarter-finals.
Lost to St. Catharines Black Hawks 8 points to 0 in semi-finals.
*1974-75 Defeated Kingston Canadians 9 points to 7 in quarter-finals.
Defeated Sudbury Wolves 9 points to 7 in semi-finals.
Defeated Hamilton Fincups 8 points to 6 in finals. OHA CHAMPIONS
Finish Memorial Cup round-robin in second place.
Defeated Sherbrooke Castros 6-2 in semi-final game.
Defeated New Westminster Bruins 10-4 in final game. "MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS"
*1975-76 Defeated London Knights 8 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
Lost to Hamilton Fincups 9 points to 1 in semi-finals.
*1976-77 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 with 1 tie in quarter-finals.
*1977-78 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 6 points to 4 in first round.
*1978-79 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 6 points to 0 in first round.
*1979-80 Lost to Brantford Alexanders 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
*1980-81 Lost to Niagara Falls Flyers 3 games to 2 in division quarter-finals.
*1981-82 Defeated Cornwall Royals 6 points to 4 in first round.
Lost to Ottawa 67's 8 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
*1982-83 Lost to Cornwall Royals 7 points to 1 in first round.
*1983-84 Earned first round bye. 2nd in Leyden division.
Defeated Peterborough Petes 8 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
Lost to Ottawa 67's 8 points to 0 in semi-finals.
*1984-85 Lost to Cornwall Royals 8 points to 2 in first round.
*1985-86 Lost to Peterborough Petes 8 points to 0 in first round.
*1986-87 Out of playoffs.
*1987-88 Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 0 in first round.
*1988-89 Lost to Cornwall Royals 4 games to 2 in first round.

Uniforms and logos

In 1903 club secretary Fred Waghorne wrote to the Duke of Marlborough in England for permission to use the storied name and crest. In choosing its logo the club took the Marlborough family crown and added the initials A.C. for Athletic Club.

The Toronto Marlboros used the same colour scheme as the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs from 1927 when the two club came under common ownership. The Marlborough crown was originally displayed by itself on the jersey chest. It wasn't until the late 1950s that the crown was set against the present day Maple Leaf.

:"Note: The inset logo is that of the Markham Waxers (see the "MW" on the crown in place of the "AC"). The logo is displayed only to show the Marlborough Crown set against the old style Maple Leaf, similar to that used by the Jr. A team in the 1950s."

Arenas

In the beginning both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Marlboros practiced and were headquartered out of the old Ravina Gardens in Toronto's west end. in 1927 both teams started playing their home games were played downtown at the Mutual Street Arena.

In 1931 Maple Leaf Gardens opened up for business and the Marlboros had a new home again. In 1964 the Marlboros won the Memorial Cup on home ice, the same year the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup on home ice.

The Marlboros occasionally also played games in the 1970s at the North York Centennial Centre and the Markham Centennial Centre when Maple Leaf Gardens was unavailable, usually due to scheduling conflicts at MLG with both the Toronto Maple Leafs and also the Toronto Toros of the WHA. They also played part of their home schedule in the 1976-77 season in Brantford, Ontario out of the Brantford Civic Centre.
* [http://www.sfo.com/~csuppes/NHL/misc/index.htm Mutual Street Arena] - History of arena
* [http://www.tmlfever.com/MUTUALSTREETARENA.html Mutual Street Arena] - History with pictures
* [http://hockey.ballparks.com/NHL/TorontoMapleLeafs/index.htm Maple Leaf Gardens] - Ballparks.com
* [http://www.ohlarenaguide.com/mlg.htm Maple Leaf Gardens] - The OHL Arena & Travel Guide
* [http://www.ohlarenaguide.com/northyork.htm North York Centennial Centre] - The OHL Arena & Travel Guide
* [http://www.ohlarenaguide.com/markham.htm Markham Centennial Centre] - The OHL Arena & Travel Guide

The Marlboros today

The Toronto Marlboros Hockey Club operates minor hockey teams in the city of Toronto, Ontario. This club operated independently to the former OHA Junior 'A' team. After the Junior 'A' team left for Hamilton, the late Toronto Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard granted permission for the Minor Marlboros 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 NHL Maple Leafs' uniform. The Minor Marlboros celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2005-2006.

NHL alumni of the Minor Marlboros include, Sam Gagner, Ron Handy, Mike Hough, Peter Ing, Chris Kelly, Nathan LaFayette, Rick Nash, Mike Ricci, Jason Spezza, Brian Wilks and Wojtek Wolski. Another notable player includes current John Tavares.
* [http://www.torontomarlboros.com Minor Marlboros] Official web site.

ee also

* Toronto Marlies (AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs)
* [http://www.torontomarlies.com AHL Marlies] Official web site.


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