A proud member of the American Hockey League, the Toronto Marlies have clinched the Sam Pollock Trophy, which is handed out annually to the North Division’s top team during the regular season. Last night, they became the fourth team in the AHL to clinch their division. The Marlies also won the Sam Pollock Trophy in 2007-08, making it to the Western Conference Finals that year before losing to the eventual Calder Cup champion, Chicago Wolves.
The Marlies currently sit second in the AHL’s Western Conference with 89 points and own a 41-23-4-3 record. Over their past 10 games the Marlies have posted a record of 8-2-0-0 and are on a three-game winning streak. They trail only the Oklahoma City Barons, AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, by six points for first place overall in the Conference.
The Marlies success this season has not been limited to the action on the ice. The home attendance at Ricoh Coliseum is averaging more than 5,400 fans per game, which is up 22-percent from last season. Toronto owns a record of 22-10-3-1 on home ice this season. Their 22 home victories rank first in the Western Conference and is tied for second in the league.
“Our fans are the best in the American Hockey League and we look forward to their continued support through a long playoff run,” said Marlies captain, Ryan Hamilton
. “It’s a big advantage to our team when we play at Ricoh Coliseum and we’ve fed off their support all season long.”
The Marlies take on the Grand Rapids Griffins, in a home-and-home series beginning on Friday night in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. The Marlies return home to host the Griffins on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Marlies final regular season home game will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. against the Hamilton Bulldogs. For 2011-12 Calder Cup Playoff ticket information, including season ticket packages and group seats, visit marlies.ca or call the team’s ticket line at 416-597-PUCK.