(April 14, 2005) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that its American Hockey League (AHL) team, the St. John's Maple Leafs is scheduled to play Game 6, if necessary, and possibly Game 7 of the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs on Saturday, April 30 and Monday, May 2 at Air Canada Centre.
The relocation of games, matching the Leafs against the Manitoba Moose results from a scheduling conflict at the team's present home Mile One Stadium.
Game 6 is confirmed for Air Canada Centre should the best of seven series go that far. Game time is 7 p.m. Should St. John's finish the regular season in second place in the North Division, they would play the seventh and deciding game, if necessary, in Toronto on Monday, May 2.
"St. John's has had a stellar season this year and the possibility of having two AHL playoff games in Toronto gives hockey fans an opportunity to see a great team and exciting hockey," said Bob Hunter, executive vice-president of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
For the first time since the 2001-02 season, St. John's has clinched a playoff spot and can set a new franchise record for wins in a season if they can win their last three regular season games this week, eclipsing their previous record of 45 wins set in the 1993-94 season. The team has already tied its franchise record for most wins at home in the regular season with 25. Two St. John's players, Kyle Wellwood and David Ling, stand fourth and fifth respectively in the American Hockey League overall points standings.
St. John's split the eight game regular season series with Manitoba with each club winning four games. Manitoba is the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. Kyle Wellwood, a 2001 fifth-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, led all scorers in the series with 19 points (6G, 13A) and a +8 in eight games versus Manitoba.
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The St. John's Maple Leafs will relocate to Toronto at the start of the 2005-06, playing at Ricoh Coliseum, at which time the team will be officially known as the Toronto Marlies.