16 Facts About Toronto Marlboros


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 National Hockey League team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Toronto Marlboros served as a farm team for the Maple Leafs for 40 years until direct NHL sponsorship of junior teams ended in 1967 when the NHL made the Entry Draft universal; however, the two clubs continued to remain affiliated under a common ownership until 1989.

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Toronto Marlboros won the Memorial Cup seven times, more than any other team in the Cup's history.

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Toronto Marlboros reached their first Memorial Cup series in 1929 after being upset in 1928 by the Ottawa Gunners.

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Toronto Marlboros defeated the Montreal Junior Canadiens in an 8-game series to return to the Memorial Cup and a rematch versus the Regina Pats.

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The Toronto Marlboros swept the NOHA champion North Bay Trappers to play the Quebec champion Notre-Dame-de-Grace Monarchs, who were coached by Scotty Bowman.

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Toronto Marlboros prevailed to return to the Memorial Cup after an eight-year absence.

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Many of the players on the 1964 Toronto Marlboros team, including Ron Ellis, Mike Walton and Pete Stemkowski, helped the Maple Leafs capture the Stanley Cup in 1967.

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The Toronto Marlboros played the Port Arthur Marrs in the Memorial Cup series hosted at the Fort William Gardens in what is the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Toronto Marlboros eliminated the St Catharines Black Hawks and Ottawa 67's before meeting the Peterborough Petes in the OHA finals.

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Toronto Marlboros needed only a tie game to advance, and did so in dramatic fashion.

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Toronto Marlboros stumbled through the playoffs managing come-from-behind victories in series versus the 8th place Kingston Canadians and 5th place Sudbury Wolves.

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The Toronto Marlboros then beat the Hamilton Fincups in the finals for their last OHA championship.

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Toronto Marlboros used the same colour scheme as the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs from 1927 when the two club came under common ownership.

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Three years later in the fall of 1992 the Toronto Marlboros combined their fabled crest with the current NHL Maple Leafs' uniform.

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NHL alumni of the GTHL Toronto Marlboros include, Sam Gagner, Ron Handy, Mike Hough, Peter Ing, Chris Kelly, Nathan LaFayette, Connor McDavid, Rick Nash, Mike Ricci, Jason Spezza, Brian Wilks, Wojtek Wolski and John Tavares.

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