Leafs an­nounce Growlers as new ECHL af­fil­i­ate

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS -

THE CANADIAN PRESS ST. JOHN’S, N.L. - The Toronto Maple Leafs have an­nounced the New­found­land Growlers will be their new ECHL af­fil­i­ate for the up­com­ing sea­son. The Growlers, who will play at Mile One Cen­tre in St. John’s, re­place the Or­lando So­lar Bears as the Maple Leafs’ se­condary af­fil­i­ate and the pri­mary af­fil­i­ate of the Amer­i­can Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. Maple Leafs gen­eral man­ager Kyle Dubas said the af­fil­i­a­tion is an im­por­tant in­vest­ment for the club, and that St. John’s has “his­tor­i­cally meant a lot” to the Leafs. The city was pre­vi­ously home to the AHL’s Maple Leafs from 1991 to 2005, be­fore the team re­lo­cated to Toronto and was re­named the Marlies. This is the Growlers’ in­au­gu­ral sea­son.

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