Sports Leafs announce Newfoundland Growlers as new ECHL affiliate

18:06  14 june  2018
18:06  14 june  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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The Newfoundland Growlers will check off one more item on their lengthy to-do list sometime later this week when the new ECHL team formally announces its affiliation with the Toronto Maple Leafs . For the last several years, the ECHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs has been the Orlando Solar Bears.

The Growlers pick up where the AHL's St. John's IceCaps left off. Last fall, the Canadiens' top affiliate relocated to Laval, Quebec leaving Newfoundlanders without a pro hockey team this past season. In addition to the Newfoundland Growlers , the ECHL will welcome another new team in 2018-19.

a drawing of a face© Twitter/@NLGrowlers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a new East Coast Hockey League affiliation with the newly founded Newfoundland Growlers, the team announced Thursday.

The ECHL is two levels below the NHL, and a step below the American Hockey League (AHL).

The Orlando Solar Bears had served as Toronto's ECHL affiliate for the last five years.

"We are excited to begin our relationship with the Newfoundland Growlers as our newest ECHL affiliate," Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said. "This is an important investment for our hockey club as we remain committed to giving our players the best resources possible to ensure their development and professional success. To now have our ECHL affiliate in St. John's, Newfoundland, a town and province which has historically meant a lot to the Maple Leafs, is a truly special opportunity."

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2005.[8] Among the names considered for the new franchise were Shamrocks, Storm, Regiment, and Newfoundland Growlers .[9] The team announced its ECHL teams. Ice hockey clubs established in 2018. Sport in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Toronto Maple Leafs minor league affiliates .

It was also the last game for Orlando as the Toronto Maple Leafs ’ ECHL affiliate — that role will be taken over by the new The St. John’s team still also has to announce its name, logo and colours, although the former will be a bit of a formality, as Newfoundland Growlers looks to be the choice.

The younger generation of Leafs fans only knows the Toronto Marlies as the club's AHL affiliate, but from 1991-2005, the St. John's Maple Leafs served in that role.

Meanwhile, the Growlers explained the meaning behind their primary logo, a Newfoundland dog, last month:

"A large working dog who is known for their size, strength, intelligence, and loyalty. The dog in the logo is fierce and stoic to represent the pride and resilience of our province, and our reputation of never backing down from a challenge."

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